whether or not
phrasal see whether or no

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • whether or not — In most sentences, the or not in this phrase is unnecessary. Or not is a mere filler in a sentence such as Whether the remark was accurate or not is not certain. However, in certain constructions equal force or stress should be given to… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • whether or not — if something does or does not happen. Whether or not she wins the championship, she ll still be one of the best swimmers we ve ever had in the school. Usage notes: often used in the form whether something or not: Whether you like it or not, I m… …   New idioms dictionary

  • whether or not —  The second two words should be dropped when whether is equivalent to if, as in It is not yet known whether or not persons who become reinfected can spread the virus to others. Or not is necessary, however, when what is being stressed is an… …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • whether or not —    The second two words should be dropped when whether is equivalent to if, as here: It is not yet known whether or not persons who become reinfected can spread the virus to other susceptible individuals (New York Times). Or not is necessary,… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • whether or not — adverb see whether or no …   Useful english dictionary

  • whether or no — or whether or not phrasal in any case < they ve only been married a very few weeks, whether or no Thomas Hardy > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whether or no — adverb also whether or not : in any case : willy nilly I will go whether or no obliged to take the stranger by the hand whether or not and show him civilities Mark Twain * * * whether or no ● …   Useful english dictionary

  • whether or no — 1》 whether or not. 2》 archaic in any case. → whether …   English new terms dictionary

  • Whether or no — Whether Wheth er, conj. In case; if; used to introduce the first or two or more alternative clauses, the other or others being connected by or, or by or whether. When the second of two alternatives is the simple negative of the first it is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • (whether you) like it or not — phrase used for saying that you cannot change a situation even if it is unpleasant Whether we like it or not, we are part of a global economy. Thesaurus: unlikely or impossible to changesynonym Main entry: like …   Useful english dictionary

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