not've

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

not +‎ -'ve

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Contraction[edit]

not've

  1. Contraction of not have.
    • 1998, David Weber, The War God's Own, →ISBN.
      I'd not've fallen in if you'd've told me it was there, Da. And I'd not've sunk if you'd've taught me how to swim.
    • 2005, George Singleton, Novel
      Mac McAdams might not've added all those "ayes," but he spoke in such a melodious dialect that "aye" kind of came out understood.

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