Adjective "buts" definition and examples

(Buts may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Used to introduce a phrase or clause contrasting with what has already been mentioned.
  1. 'this is one principle, but it is not the only one'
  2. 'the problem is not that they are cutting down trees, but that they are doing it in a predatory way'
  3. 'We can destroy with a cutting quip or a damning phrase but nobody expects us to create.'
  4. 'I know that at least two other ladies have also had falls down there but not been as seriously injured.'
  5. 'On the subject of value for money, Prestonfield may not be cheap, but it is not outlandish.'
  6. 'To develop a production facility in Ireland means a cheaper unit cost but do sales justify it?'
  7. 'It was a little different to what I would normally eat at home but it was delicious.'
  8. 'This is fine in principle, but much depends on the more precise meaning given to the idea of abuse.'
  9. 'I believe leaving the bases will be a cheaper option but also help North Sea fish stocks.'
  10. 'I'm sure this has been pointed out a million times already but I feel that I have to as well.'
  11. 'I was quite happy being a mum, but I fell into it and it has just gone from there.'
  12. 'It was a scene which could have come out of a cheap thriller - but there was a difference.'
Used to indicate the impossibility of anything other than what is being stated.
  1. 'there was nothing they could do but swallow their pride'
  2. 'This is another one of those Korean films that you cannot but have mixed feelings about.'
  3. 'Cause and effect are related in such a way that, if the first occurs, the second cannot but occur.'
Used to introduce a response expressing a feeling such as surprise or anger.
  1. 'but why?'
  2. 'We did not know what to expect, but what a fantastic surprise night, it was a real thrill.'
  3. 'But I was trying to prove my point and the only way to do that was to speak French.'
Used after an expression of apology for what one is about to say.
  1. 'Sorry but you would have to be completely bonkers to consider this method of control as humane!'
  2. 'Apologies for posting out of my normal TV category but it's simply too good not to post.'
  3. 'I apologise but it's being moved to a new server and should be up again by Saturday.'
  4. 'Miss Gallafent, you have put it extremely well, but I am sorry to say I am against you.'
  5. 'I'm sorry, but she laughs in her sleep and can never remember the joke in the morning.'
  6. 'He told the woman that he was very sorry but he seemed to have left his wallet at home.'
  7. 'He came to me one day and said he was sorry, Madame, but he wanted to go and work for someone else.'
  8. 'Sorry to sound pious but what about the homeless, the sick, the poor and neglected?'
  9. 'Apologies to Sylvia for swiping her quote, but it was such a good one I couldn't resist.'
Without it being the case that.
  1. 'I did read the names that one time, and never but that one time.'
  2. 'Her Own Tribesmen Never but Say Her Age Is 300 Years.'


Except; apart from; other than.
  1. 'supply currently exceeds demand in all but the most rural areas'
  2. 'She also said that she would have no alternative but to contact my family if I didn't seek help.'
  3. 'It's going to be a long road, but shinty has no alternative but to keep right on to the end.'
  4. 'Each notice said that the Board had no alternative but to cut back production and reduce costs.'
  5. 'So I didn't have any alternative then but to get up in front of everyone and attempt to play the thing.'
  6. 'If we want vehicles to be less polluting, then we have no choice but to find an alternative fuel.'
  7. 'She was too shaken and frightened to do anything else but feel safe in the arms of Peter Grayson.'
  8. 'Last week a high court judge ruled that the brigade had no alternative but to give them their jobs back.'
  9. 'She was shocked, too shock to do anything else but stare as he pulled her forward.'
  10. 'nobody, but nobody, was going to stop her'
  11. 'Why nobody, but nobody will ever take mass transit as long as they have a choice.'
  12. 'This is what I love about science: anybody but anybody can become involved at least in trying to understand what it is saying!'


No more than; only.
  1. 'choose from a colourful array of mango, starfruit, and raspberries, to name but a few'
  2. 'In an important article in April 22 Haaretz Gideon Levy points out but a few cases within the year illustrating that movement equals death.'
(used at the end of a sentence) though; however.


    An argument against something; an objection.
    1. 'as with all these proposals, ifs and buts abound'
    2. 'Sydney - no ifs, no buts - is the commercial capital of Australia.'
    3. 'No buts, I've heard enough of those for today.'
    4. 'His mother, Amy, who was washing the dishes, interrupted, ‘No buts.’'
    5. '‘No buts,’ she said with a shake of her head as she lowered her gaze from his.'
    6. '‘No buts,’ she cut me off, ‘Tomorrow you and I are going shopping!’'
    7. 'We are not going to talk about ifs and buts, like I say, just wait for the procedure to take its place and then at the end of that, if no one has made the decision for us, we'll have to make the decision.'
    8. 'When a great new revolutionary idea hits the public, there are always doubters, raising niggling ifs and buts.'
    9. 'No excuses, no ifs and buts, enforcement is what we need.'
    10. 'Good days probably weren't on Lawler's mind as he sat out the dying minutes of the Westmeath game but for him the ifs and buts are always there.'
    11. 'No ifs, no buts, no questions - they're sending me to Cambridge for the nine-month Masters program.'


    An outer room, especially in a two-roomed cottage.

      More definitions

      1. on the contrary; yet: My brother went, but I did not.

      2. except; save: She was so overcome with grief she could do nothing but weep.

      3. unless; if not; except that (followed by a clause, often with that expressed): Nothing would do but that I should come in.

      4. without the circumstance that: It never rains but it pours.

      5. otherwise than: There is no hope but by prayer.

      6. that (used especially after doubt, deny, etc., with a negative): I don't doubt but he wi

      More examples(as adjective)

      "underminings can be buts."

      "newses can be buts."


      (but)Early 18th century: from but in the early sense ‘outside’, specifically ‘into the outer part of a house’.


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