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36 Ways to say no

Updated on December 7, 2014

36 Ways to Say No

  • Many people find it hard to say no while others seem to have no problem in doing so. Saying no is necessary for the person who does not want to waste anymore precious time or for the person who wants to put closure to an issue. Beating around the bush can give false hope to the person waiting for an answer. After all they may say, if they have not given an immediate answer maybe they are thinking more toward the answer of yes when the complete opposite is true. For the kind hearted individual, saying no is very hard because they do not want to hurt the feelings of the inquirer, but they end up many times suffering because of not being upfront. I must say that I have had the opportunity of talking with people who refuse to take no for an answer and after saying no over and over I had to just politely hang up the phone which by the way is one way to say no!
  • No Thank you
  • Get back to me later
  • I don't think so
  • I need to think about it
  • Give me more time
  • I don't want to commit at this time
  • Maybe later
  • I need to check with my wife
  • I need to check with my husband
  • I don't have a baby sitter
  • I'm busy
  • I need to check my calendar
  • Not at this time
  • Not now
  • I'll see
  • I don't know
  • I don't get paid until
  • I'll think about it
  • I'm not sure
  • Give me more time to think about it
  • I have another engagement that day
  • Don't answer the door
  • Nope
  • I can't
  • Not interested
  • Not feeling well
  • I'll get back to you
  • I don't know how
  • I'm not familiar with that
  • So and so would be great at it
  • Pause a moment and then say I'll pass
  • I'm sorry I can't at this time
  • Come back at a later date
  • I already have one
  • I may not be able to

If you can think of other ways to say no please feel free to add it to the list in the comments box. Thank you


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    • HAexpressions profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you flagostomos for your contribution!

    • flagostomos profile image


      7 years ago from Washington, United States

      Get back to me later is no? The magic 8 ball makes much more sense now.


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