can not ( = am/is/are unable to); contracted into can't
I cannot open the window. It is stuck.
am/are/is forbidden, not permitted to
You cannot enter the hall without a ticket.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A word compounded of can and not.
I cannot but believe many a child can tell twenty, long before he has any idea of infinity at all. John Locke.
The English modal verbs are a subset of the English auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.). They can be distinguished from other verbs by their defectiveness (they do not have participle or infinitive forms) and by their neutralization (that they do not take the ending -(e)s in the third-person singular). The principal English modal verbs are can, could, may, might, shall, should, will, would, and must. Certain other verbs are sometimes classed as modals; these include ought, had better, and (in certain uses) dare and need. Verbs which share only some of the characteristics of the principal modals are sometimes called "quasi-modals", "semi-modals", or "pseudo-modals".
Cannot is a contraction of two words, "can" and "not." It is used to express the inability or lack of ability to do something or to indicate that something is prohibited or impossible.
am, is, or are, not able; -- written either as one word or two
Etymology: [Can to be able + -not.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kan′ot, v.i. to be unable. [Can and Not.]
The numerical value of cannot in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of cannot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
I endeavor to be wise when I cannot be merry, easy when I cannot be glad, content with what cannot be mended and patient when there be no redress.
It's normal, it's normal. One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith.
The facts that we have gathered cannot be ignored, they cannot be dismissed and are, frankly, appalling, and, more importantly, our community cannot allow them to be repeated.
I hold before you my hand with each finger standing erect and alone, and as long as they are held thus, not one of the tasks that the hand may preform can be accomplished. I cannot lift. I cannot grasp. I cannot hold. I cannot even make an intelligible sign until my fingers organize and work together. In this we should also learn a lesson.
We cannot continue to run this country for the top 10%. We can't keep pushing through trade deals that benefit multi-national companies at the expense of workers, government cannot continue to be the captive of the rich and the powerful. Working people cannot be forced to give up more and more as they get squeezed harder and harder.
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