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 (mā′ənt, mānt)
Contraction of may not. See Usage Note at can1.


(ˈmeɪənt; meɪnt)
contraction of
may not


(ˈmeɪ ənt, meɪnt)
contraction of may not.
References in classic literature ?
But I'll truly try to be better, so he mayn't be disappointed in me by-and-by.
Medlock says he will when he thinks of it, but she says he mayn't think of it for two or three years.
I don't know how scarce you mayn't make the wittles and drink here, by your flopping tricks and your unfeeling conduct.
But if you marry a person, and the person dies, why then you may marry another person, mayn't you, Peggotty?
I hope Uncle Pumblechook's mare mayn't have set a fore-foot on a piece o' ice, and gone down.
Why, you've never heared me say "Amen" since you come into these parts, and I recommend you to lose no time, for it'll be poor work when Tookey has it all to himself, for I mayn't be equil to stand i' the desk at all, come another winter.
Now hold your noise, and remember where you are and who you're speakin' to; and perhaps I mayn't lock you up this time.
Yes, we went to school in the sea, though you mayn't believe it--'
Come and enjoy yourself, but in order that my brothers mayn't see you, put this band round your waist and then you'll be invisible.
I may find Sam soon, or I mayn't, but anyhow he ain't like to be in a way to tell ye much tonight.
Casson, with some dignity; "Poyser wouldn't like to hear as his wife's niece was treated any ways disrespectful, for all he mayn't be fond of her taking on herself to preach.
It isn't that I admire them so much - the question of any charm in them, or of any charm, beyond that of the rank money-passion, exerted by their conditions FOR them, has nothing to do with the matter: it's only a question of what fantastic, yet perfectly possible, development of my own nature I mayn't have missed.