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Definition of if not for

: in the absence of (something or someone) : without If not for modern medicine, fewer babies would survive. If not for him, I wouldn't be where I am today.

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“If not for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/if%20not%20for. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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