Definition 2022


can do without



can do without

  1. To not want something, perhaps because it would make the situation worse, or would simply be very annoying.
    I can do without your moaning all the time. I've got enough problems as it is!

Usage notes

  • Can do without is generally used for situations that can be changed, while could do without is often used in situations which cannot be changed. This is not a hard and fast rule.

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