not really

idiom

used to say "no" in a way that is not very forceful or definite
"Was the movie good?" "Not really."
"Do you want to go to a movie?" "No, not really."

Examples of not really in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tens of millions of people is not really a cult following. Seija Rankin, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Apr. 2024 Unlimited free agency is not really in the best interest of the sport. Jim Alexander, Orange County Register, 12 Apr. 2024 And as the possibility that the economy is not really landing looms, some economists and officials suggest that the Fed’s next move may even be a rate increase — not a reduction. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 There were not really books around at all, and in a dictatorship everything was censored. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 And these developer kits were used by game developers, not really by consumers. Susan Howson, Quartz, 2 Apr. 2024 What the novel is about is a complicated, not really answerable question. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 1 Apr. 2024 Repeating their appearances from Afterlife are Celeste O’Connor’s Lucky and Logan Kim’s Podcast, although they’re not really given much to do. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2024 There are not really complicated or interesting political dynamics at play during these conflicts. Erik Kain, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024

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“Not really.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/not%20really. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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