not that

idiom

used to say that something said before is not important
I tried to help, not that it mattered.
I saw him with some other woman, not that I care.

Examples of not that in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, the diagnoses typically made at home were probably not that different from those of a bona fide doctor. Dr. Sharon Malone, TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 Middle-aged adults in England and Mediterranean Europe are not that far behind the U.S. Frank J. Infurna, The Conversation, 5 Apr. 2024 The survey suggests not that every pet owner became more attuned to their companions’ wellbeing, but that certain populations — likely higher-income people with office jobs that could transfer to stay-at-home work — certainly did. Sarah Owermohle, STAT, 5 Apr. 2024 The lesson to be learned from the shortcomings of utilitarianism is not that the philosophy should be abandoned, but rather that other values besides maximizing total welfare must also guide behavior. James Broughel, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Of course, if more than one person wins Saturday’s drawing, that jackpot will be cut into smaller portions—not that most people would complain about having to split that much cash. Chris Morris, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2024 World Series prediction: Philadelphia Phillies The Athletic, Keith Law The offense could be among the best in the NL again; their weakest spot might be DH, and that’s not that hard to fix if your GM is a ninja. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 Mar. 2024 The similar claim, from Jefferson, simply said that elections in Wisconsin come down to a few votes per ward — not that Biden specifically won or lost those few votes everywhere. Journal Sentinel, 27 Mar. 2024 To make this more tenable — not that Trump has shown much interest in the rule of law or the Constitution, mind you — one of Trump or Rubio would have to establish residency outside of Florida. Nathaniel Rakich, ABC News, 26 Mar. 2024

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“Not that.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/not%20that. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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