Meaning of “shouldn't” in the English Dictionary

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"shouldn't" in British English

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uk /ˈʃʊd.ənt/ us /ˈʃʊd.ənt/

short form of should not:

You shouldn't do things like that.

More examples

  • He shouldn't have to pay for everything.
  • I shouldn't think we'll be there by lunch time.
  • You really shouldn't criticize him so much.
  • They shouldn't have so many children if they can't support them.
  • You shouldn't smoke in front of the children.

(Definition of “shouldn't” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shouldn’t" in American English

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us /ˈʃʊd·ənt/

contraction of should not:

I shouldn’t have said that.
Shouldn’t we call and make a reservation?

(Definition of “shouldn’t” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)