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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:
    ①表示不同意,不认可:否定。
    ②不,用在表示疑问的词句里:可否?
    ③不如此,不是这样,不然:否则。学则正,否则邪。

    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
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  • Pinyin:

    English Definition: clogged; evil
    Chinese Definition:
    ①不好,坏,恶:否极泰来(“否”和“泰”,前者是坏卦,后者是好卦。指事情坏到了极点,就会向好的方向转化)。未知善否。
    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)
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