Antonyms for nos

Grammar : Noun
Spell : noh
Phonetic Transcription : noʊ

Definition of nos

Origin :
  • "negative reply," early 13c., from Old English na (adv.) "no, never, not at all," from ne "not, no" + a "ever." First element from Proto-Germanic *ne (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian, Old High German ne, Gothic ni "not"), from PIE root *ne "no, not" (see un-). Second element from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (see aye (2)).
  • As an adjective meaning "not any" (c.1200) it is reduced from Old English nan (see none), the final -n omitted first before consonants and then altogether. As a noun from c.1300. Phrase no can do "it is not possible" is attested from 1827, a locution of English-speaking Chinese noted 19c. in China, Australia and West Coast of U.S.
  • We repeated our advice again and again, but got no answer but a loud horse-laugh, and their national maxim of No can do: Europe fashion no do in China. ["Reminiscences of a Voyage to and from China," in "Paxton's Horticultural Register," London, 1836]
  • Construction no X, no Y attested from 1530s (in no peny no pardon). No problem as an interjection of assurance first attested 1963. No way as an expression meaning "it can't be done" is attested by 1968.
  • As in negation : noun contradiction, denial
  • As in refusal : noun denial of responsibility; unwillingness
  • As in thumbs down : noun rejection
  • As in nix : noun none
  • As in turndown : noun refusal
Example sentences :
  • The air “Nos Galan,” we may fairly presume, was a favourite at those festivities.
  • Extract from : « Y Gododin » by Aneurin
  • Thirdly, as to the Evangelical; I know you have one of the Nos.
  • Extract from : « Loss and Gain » by John Henry Newman
  • I have been honored with the receipt of your letters, Nos 14 and 15.
  • Extract from : « The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IV (of 12) » by Various
  • Nos institutions, notre langue, nos lois, is the motto of the habitants.
  • Extract from : « Greater Britain » by Charles Wentworth Dilke
  • It is thus interpreted by the same author:—Nos, lares, juvate.
  • Extract from : « The Roman Poets of the Republic » by William Young Sellar
  • This is just as if the Latins, instead of nos and vos, said me-cum and te-cum.
  • Extract from : « Opuscula » by Robert Gordon Latham
  • But the Nos, or the notic soul, has no partnership with any similar bodily agency.
  • Extract from : « Aristotle » by George Grote
  • The general doctrine applies to Nos as well as to the other functions of the soul.
  • Extract from : « Aristotle » by George Grote
  • He replies that movement is produced both by Nos and by Appetite.
  • Extract from : « Aristotle » by George Grote
  • Life belongs to him: for the actuality of Nos is life, and God is actuality.
  • Extract from : « Aristotle » by George Grote

Synonyms for nos

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