shouldn't

contraction
\ ˈshu̇-dᵊnt How to pronounce shouldn't (audio) , -dᵊn, dialectal also ˈshu̇-tᵊn(t) or ˈshu̇nt\

Definition of shouldn't

: should not

First Known Use of shouldn't

1675, in the meaning defined above

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shouldn't

\ ˈshu̇-dᵊnt How to pronounce shouldn't (audio) \

Kids Definition of shouldn't

: should not You shouldn't go.

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