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You oughtn't to yield to temptation. Well, somebody must, or the thing becomes absurd.
Anthony Hope

Meaning of "oughtn't" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF OUGHTN'T

oughtn't  [ˈɔːtənt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF OUGHTN'T

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Oughtn't is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb oughtn't in English.

WHAT DOES OUGHTN'T MEAN IN ENGLISH?

English modal verbs

The modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality. They can be distinguished from other verbs by their defectiveness and by the fact that they do not take the ending -s in the third-person singular. The principal English modal verbs are can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will and would. Certain other verbs are sometimes, but not always, classed as modals; these include ought, had better, and dare and need. Verbs which share some but not all of the characteristics of the principal modals are sometimes called "semimodals".

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO OUGHTN'T

PRESENT

Present
I oughtn´t
you oughtn´t
he/she/it oughtn´ts
we oughtn´t
you oughtn´t
they oughtn´t
Present continuous
I am oughtn´ting
you are oughtn´ting
he/she/it is oughtn´ting
we are oughtn´ting
you are oughtn´ting
they are oughtn´ting
Present perfect
I have oughtn´ted
you have oughtn´ted
he/she/it has oughtn´ted
we have oughtn´ted
you have oughtn´ted
they have oughtn´ted
Present perfect continuous
I have been oughtn´ting
you have been oughtn´ting
he/she/it has been oughtn´ting
we have been oughtn´ting
you have been oughtn´ting
they have been oughtn´ting
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I oughtn´ted
you oughtn´ted
he/she/it oughtn´ted
we oughtn´ted
you oughtn´ted
they oughtn´ted
Past continuous
I was oughtn´ting
you were oughtn´ting
he/she/it was oughtn´ting
we were oughtn´ting
you were oughtn´ting
they were oughtn´ting
Past perfect
I had oughtn´ted
you had oughtn´ted
he/she/it had oughtn´ted
we had oughtn´ted
you had oughtn´ted
they had oughtn´ted
Past perfect continuous
I had been oughtn´ting
you had been oughtn´ting
he/she/it had been oughtn´ting
we had been oughtn´ting
you had been oughtn´ting
they had been oughtn´ting
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will oughtn´t
you will oughtn´t
he/she/it will oughtn´t
we will oughtn´t
you will oughtn´t
they will oughtn´t
Future continuous
I will be oughtn´ting
you will be oughtn´ting
he/she/it will be oughtn´ting
we will be oughtn´ting
you will be oughtn´ting
they will be oughtn´ting
Future perfect
I will have oughtn´ted
you will have oughtn´ted
he/she/it will have oughtn´ted
we will have oughtn´ted
you will have oughtn´ted
they will have oughtn´ted
Future perfect continuous
I will have been oughtn´ting
you will have been oughtn´ting
he/she/it will have been oughtn´ting
we will have been oughtn´ting
you will have been oughtn´ting
they will have been oughtn´ting
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would oughtn't
you would oughtn't
he/she/it would oughtn't
we would oughtn't
you would oughtn't
they would oughtn't
Conditional continuous
I would be oughtn´ting
you would be oughtn´ting
he/she/it would be oughtn´ting
we would be oughtn´ting
you would be oughtn´ting
they would be oughtn´ting
Conditional perfect
I would have oughtn't
you would have oughtn't
he/she/it would have oughtn't
we would have oughtn't
you would have oughtn't
they would have oughtn't
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been oughtn´ting
you would have been oughtn´ting
he/she/it would have been oughtn´ting
we would have been oughtn´ting
you would have been oughtn´ting
they would have been oughtn´ting
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you oughtn´t
we let´s oughtn´t
you oughtn´t
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to oughtn´t
Past participle
oughtn´ted
Present Participle
oughtn´ting
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH OUGHTN'T


accountant
əˈkaʊntənt
advertent
ədˈvɜːtənt
assistant
əˈsɪstənt
consistent
kənˈsɪstənt
constant
ˈkɒnstənt
consultant
kənˈsʌltənt
disputant
dɪˈspjuːtənt
important
ɪmˈpɔːtənt
inadvertent
ˌɪnədˈvɜːtənt
instant
ˈɪnstənt
mutant
ˈmjuːtənt
nonmutant
ˌnɒnˈmjuːtənt
nutant
ˈnjuːtənt
patent
ˈpætənt
pollutant
pəˈluːtənt
resistant
rɪˈzɪstənt
retreatant
rɪˈtriːtənt
revertant
rɪˈvɜːtənt
superimportant
ˌsuːpərɪmˈpɔːtənt
unimportant
ˌʌnɪmˈpɔːtənt

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE OUGHTN'T

oubaas
Oubangui
oubit
oubliette
ouch
oud
Oudh
Oudry
Ouessant
ought
oughtness
ouguiya
Ouida
Ouija board
ouistiti
Oujda
Oulu
ouma
ounce
oundy

WORDS THAT END LIKE OUGHTN'T

ain´t
an´t
aren´t
can´t
couldn´t
didn´t
doesn´t
don´t
hadn´t
hasn´t
haven´t
isn´t
mightn´t
mustn´t
needn´t
shouldn´t
wasn´t
weren´t
won´t
wouldn´t

Synonyms and antonyms of oughtn't in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «oughtn't» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF OUGHTN'T

Find out the translation of oughtn't to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of oughtn't from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «oughtn't» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

不该
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

no debiera
570 millions of speakers

English

oughtn´t
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

oughtn´t
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

oughtn´t
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

не следовало
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

não devia
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

oughtn´t
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

ne devrais pas
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tidak patut
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

solltest nicht
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

oughtn´t
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

oughtn´t
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Apa ora
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

oughtn´t
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

oughtn´t
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पाहिजे नाही
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

almamalýyým
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

oughtn´t
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

powinnaś
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

НЕ слід було
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

N-ar trebui
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

οφείλει να μην
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

behoort nie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

borde inte
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

oughtn´t
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of oughtn't

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «OUGHTN'T»

The term «oughtn't» is normally little used and occupies the 114.928 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «OUGHTN'T» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «oughtn't» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «oughtn't» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about oughtn't

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QUOTES WITH «OUGHTN'T»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word oughtn't.
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Anthony Hope
You oughtn't to yield to temptation. Well, somebody must, or the thing becomes absurd.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «OUGHTN'T»

Discover the use of oughtn't in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to oughtn't and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Getting Through Customs
She oughtn't to peel potatoes and boil them; To peel potatoes was only to spoil them; She oughtn't to waste thepods of the pea; She oughtn't to stew and stew her tea; She oughtn't to feed her baby on bread Before it had ever a tooth in its head ...
Sophia Tellen, 2010
2
英语常见问题解答大词典: pu ji ben
Oughtn't we(to) send for the police? (CGEL) 3. You ought not io do that. ( Chambers) "Ought he to go?" "Yes, he ought. "(ALD) oughtn't shouldn't IR1 She ought to go by plane, oughtn't she? Barren's How to Prepare for the TOEFL (p. 45 ) {X 3% ...
赵振才, 2002
3
The Cambridge History of the English Language
Contractions involving marginal modals include daren't (\7 0\), needn't (1775), durs(t)n't (1 81 5), oughtn't (1 836-7), use(d)n't (1 861 non-standard, then c. 1 863 ) - antedating some of the findings of Denison (1993a: 309). Durs(t)n't, like its ...
Richard M. Hogg, Norman Francis Blake, Suzanne Romaine, 1998
4
Modality and the English Modals
(8.2.8b.41) The rough paraphrases are, then: shouldn't/oughtn't to 'is “necessary- not” and would not happen' shouldn't have/ 'was “necessary-not” and would not oughtn't to have have happened.' To negate the modality, there is no obvious ...
F. R. Palmer, 2014
5
If: A Play in Four Acts
John I oughtn't to have rung, miss, I know. I oughtn't to have rung your bell; but I' ve seen better days, and wondered if — I won- dred . . . Liza I oughtn't to 'ave opened the door, that's wot 7" oughtn't. Now I look at you, I oughtn't to 'ave opened it.
Lord Dunsany, 2007
6
Ethics and the History of Indian Philosophy
R.M. Hare relates the following conversation between a Kantian (who advocates the Universalizability Thesis) and an Existentialist to answer this question: E: " You oughtn't to do that". K: "So you think that one oughtn't to do that kind of thing?
Shyam Ranganathan, 2007
7
In Search of Civil Society: Independent Peace Movements in ...
Denying the moral validity of the militaristic course, they asked: (a) Oughtn't we to stop producing, selling, and importing so-called war toys? (b) Oughtn't we to introduce peace studies in our schools in place of military instruction? (c) Oughtn' t ...
Vladimir Tismaneanu, 2014
8
Garner's Modern American Usage
Language-Change Index ✳had ought for ought: Stage 1 D. Oughtn't. This quaint contraction sometimes appears. The same principles govern its use as those governing ought—e.g.: • “Kennedy and his top aides scratched their heads at the  ...
Bryan Garner, 2009
9
Essays on the Moral Concepts
That all moral uses of the word 'ought' involve a U-type maxim is apparent, if we consider the following imaginary conversation between a 'Kantian' and an ' Existentialist' : E. : You oughtn't to do that. K. : So you think that one oughtn't to do that ...
Richard Mervyn Hare, 1972
10
Reinventing Politics
Denying the moralvalidity ofthe militaristic course, theyasked: (a) Oughtn't weto stopproducing, selling,and importing socalledwartoys? (b) Oughtn'tweto introduce peace studies inour schools inplaceof militaryinstruction? (c) Oughtn't we to ...
Vladimir Tismaneanu, 2000

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «OUGHTN'T»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term oughtn't is used in the context of the following news items.
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The 1.3 million people who still pay National Insurance…
But familiarity oughtn't diminish the idea. As George Osborne looks into merging the two levies completely, it remains true that he should ... «Conservative Home, Jul 15»
2
The Top Ten: Books disowned by their authors
He said that this and A Clergyman's Daughter oughtn't to have been published, “but I was desperate for money”. Thanks to Clive Davis. 7. «The Independent, Jul 15»
3
How Conservative Pundits Have Become the Most Vocal …
... this observation—which oughtn't seem so remarkable but which, in our over-politicized culture, has the freshness of a newly minted insight:. «Pacific Standard, Jul 15»
4
Don't Count Out the GOP From Trying to Sink Obama's Historic Iran …
And they oughtn't to be doin' this. This is treason. Sen. Dirksen: I know. In subsequent tapes, Dirksen relates his efforts to get Nixon to pull back, ... «AlterNet, Jul 15»
5
Chris Hedges: In Extreme Times, 'Liberals Are a Dead Force' (Part 1 …
And number two, she says those who are most effective at resisting or not those who say, we shouldn't do this, this oughtn't to be done, but ... «Truthdig, Jul 15»
6
Faith Matters: Loneliness
Loneliness oughtn't to be confused with solitude. We all need regular periods by ourselves to step away from the rat race, examine our ... «Sunbury Daily Item, Jul 15»
7
Celia Hartnett: Trump's traits
If so, they oughtn't be elected either because what Trump says is full of hatred, racism, classism, misogyny and ignorance. Those are not ... «News & Observer, Jul 15»
8
Painting the Town Purple
Quoting Coppage (who himself is quoting the business and financial blogger Noah Smith), Steuteville leaves his readers with this observation—which oughtn't ... «OnEarth Magazine, Jul 15»
9
Andy Murray vs Ivo Karlovic, Wimbledon 2015 - as it happened
The Croatian sends a forehand long, when he really oughtn't to, but Murray can't capitalise and double-faults. "Focus!" he tells himself, but ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
10
Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt - Chris Hedges …
And number two, she says those who are most effective at resisting or not those who say, we shouldn't do this, this oughtn't to be done, but ... «The Real News Network, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Oughtn't [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/oughtnt>. Nov 2020 ».
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