whether or no

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Related to whether or no: whether or not


 (wĕth′ər, hwĕth′-)
1. Used in indirect questions to introduce one alternative: We should find out whether the museum is open. See Usage Notes at doubt, if.
2. Used to introduce alternative possibilities: Whether she wins or whether she loses, this is her last tournament.
3. Either: He passed the test, whether by skill or luck.
pron. Archaic
Which: "We came in full View of a great Island or Continent, (for we knew not whether)" (Jonathan Swift).
whether or no
Regardless of circumstances.

[Middle English, from Old English hwether; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.]
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