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not yet (not comparable)

  1. Not for the moment, though expected later.
    • 1858, Joseph Augustus Seiss, The Baptist System Examined, the Church Vindicated, and Sectarianism Rebuked, page 46:
      That which is blackish is not yet black. He who is being enriched is not yet rich. The preparation for a supper is not yet supping.
    • 1980, Revista/review Interamericana - Volume 10, Issues 1-3, page 328:
      Guy is French, and in the context that Arthur is operating, he is not yet white.
    • 2011, Margery B. Ginsberg, Transformative Professional Learning, page 43:
      The rubric in Exhibit 3.2 provides criteria for exemplary, acceptable, and not yet acceptable work.
    • 2013 July 20, “Out of the gloom”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      [Rural solar plant] schemes are of little help to industry or other heavy users of electricity. Nor is solar power yet as cheap as the grid. For all that, the rapid arrival of electric light to Indian villages is long overdue. When the national grid suffers its next huge outage, as it did in July 2012 when hundreds of millions were left in the dark, look for specks of light in the villages.
  2. Not quite; not exactly.
    • 1851, John Owen, ‎William H. Goold, The Works of John Owen, D.D., page 136:
      These things, to me, are some evidences that England is not yet utterly forsaken of the Lord its God, though the land be full of sin.
    • 1873, Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, page 522:
      Below the figure Dutch verses are engraved, which are thus translated: “No better dress than this; I am warm and not yet miserable; come on all those who have anything against me; I do not want any one's help;
    • 1896, Isaak August Dorner, A System of Christian Doctrine - Volume 3, page 68:
      Although the principle of moral freedom of choice is not impotent to perform legal acts , individual good acts are not yet decisive of the total worth of man, because conversely only a good fundamental disposition imparts true worth to acts.
    • 1997, John A. McDougall, ‎Mary McDougall, The New McDougall Cookbook:
      Having the right condiment or prepared sauce on the table can save the meal for family members not yet ecstatic about new dishes.


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not yet (plural not yets)

  1. (education) A skill that one is learning but has not yet acquired.
    • 2013, Julie Vargas, Behavior Analysis for Effective Teaching
      If you also have students count problems incorrect, calling them “not yets,” or “learning opportunities,” or []