of course not

idiom

used informally to say no in a way that shows one is very definite
"Are you angry with me for being late?" "Of course not!"
"Did you take the money?" "Of course not!"

Examples of of course not in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No, of course not, although much that is praiseworthy can be said of the Jewish religion. Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 19 May 2024 This type of claim is of course not unique to China; think, for instance, of Spain’s claims to Gibraltar. Odd Arne Westad, Foreign Affairs, 1 June 2021 Podcasters are of course not the only people with a tendency to arrive and ask difficult questions. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 14 May 2024 Hozier is of course not the first younger artist to make a point of finding ways to put Staples back in the limelight. Chris Willman, Variety, 22 Apr. 2024 Some of them are resisting, and that number is of course not in the tens of millions. TIME, 17 Apr. 2024 Cathy demurs — No, of course not — but Joey's response concerns me. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 1 Aug. 2023 Tom was of course not a nincompoop, but a serious, thoughtful person who hungered to add substance to sketch comedy. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2023 But that's of course not the case, and certain stories are an especially powerful reminder of the many stones that remain unturned; that there are many ways to take a trip, either to a familiar place or somewhere markedly overlooked, and tell a completely new story about it. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Dec. 2023

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“Of course not.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/of%20course%20not. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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