Meaning of 否

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Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (no) conveys the meaning.
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    • [ ] no, not, un-; negative prefix
    • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
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  • Pinyin: fǒu
    English Definition: to negate; to deny; not
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    是否 shì fǒu whether (or not); if; is or isn't
    否则 fǒu if not; otherwise; else; or else
    能否 néng fǒu whether or not; can it or can't it; is it possible?
    否定 fǒu dìng to negate; to deny; to reject; negative (answer); negation
    否认 fǒu rèn to declare to be untrue; to deny
    More: 否* | *否 | *否*
  • Pinyin:
    English Definition: clogged; evil
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    否极泰来 tài lái extreme sorrow turns to joy (idiom)
    未知臧否 wèi zhī zāng to not know whether it's good or bad (idiom)
    一臧一否 zāng one good and the other bad (idiom)
    More: 否* | *否 | *否*
Example Sentences
I never know whether my boss likes my work or not -- he is a real poker face.
Does he/she enjoy the process of lighting a cigarette e.g. tapping the cigarette and flicking the lighter?
Yes as in "Yes, I' ll lose my temper this time", or no as in "Not going to overreact this time".
If the answer is no, ignore it and move on.
Satisfied: yes or no?