Meaning of 否

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Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (no) conveys the meaning.
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  • Above to below
    • [ ] 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
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  • 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)
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