of course not - definition and synonyms

phrase
  1. 1
    used for saying ‘no’ very definitely in answer to a question

    ‘Aren’t you afraid of what people will say?’ ‘Of course not.’

  2. 2
    used for refusing to give someone permission

    ‘Can I have the car again tonight?’ ‘Of course not. You know I need it.’

  3. 3
    used for agreeing or disagreeing with someone

    ‘I don’t think anyone else should be told about this.’ ‘Of course not.’

    ‘I know you all want me to leave.’ ‘Of course not.’

See also main entry: of course