Definition of not at all in English:

not at all

phrase

  • 1Definitely not.

    ‘‘You don't mind?’ ‘Not at all.’’
    • ‘I thrive on this time of year and do not at all mind the darkening of the days.’
    • ‘Bearing this in mind, it is not at all surprising that charges of abuse of process gained momentum.’
    • ‘It is not at all what I had expected: but then, most people have no idea what asparagus looks like when it is growing.’
    • ‘I do not at all mind if Will somehow finds this out, but I met many a fine young man that afternoon.’
    • ‘Except that he was not at all, not even remotely, for a single second, funny.’
    • ‘The parents are terrified, their fears not at all eased by being referred to a brain surgeon.’
    • ‘In Louisbourg, a few people had flooding problems, but not at all on the scale of other areas.’
    • ‘I hasten to add that it is not that we want to pay more for our groceries - not at all.’
    • ‘The air between them was still hot with passion and their minds were not at all set on school.’
    • ‘This is not at all what a government website for the promotion of a nation's tourism should look like.’
    not at all, in no way, not in the least, not in the slightest, not the least bit, not by a long shot, certainly not, absolutely not, definitely not, on no account, under no circumstances
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  • 2Used as a polite response to thanks.