that's not to say

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of that's not to say

: that does not mean
  • It's odd, but that's not to say that it's bad.

Word by Word Definitions

that play
  1. : the person, thing, or idea indicated, mentioned, or understood from the situation

  2. : the time, action, or event specified

  3. : the kind or thing specified as follows

  1. used as a function word to introduce a noun clause that is usually the subject or object of a verb or a predicate nominative

  2. used as a function word to introduce a subordinate clause that is anticipated by the expletive it occurring as subject of the verb

  3. used as a function word to introduce a subordinate clause that is joined as complement to a noun or adjective

  1. : being the person, thing, or idea specified, mentioned, or understood

  2. : being the one specified

  3. : so great a : such

  1. used as a function word to introduce a restrictive relative clause and to serve as a substitute within that clause for the substantive modified by the clause

  2. : at which : in which : on which : by which : with which : to which

  3. : according to what : to the extent of what

  1. : to such an extent

  2. : very, extremely

say play
  1. : to express in words : state

  2. : to state as opinion or belief : declare

  3. : utter, pronounce

  1. : something that is said : statement

  2. : an expression of opinion

  3. : a right or power to influence action or decision

  1. : about, approximately

  2. : for example : as


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