From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishI hope notI hope notspoken used to say that you hope something that has been mentioned does not happen or is not trueI don’t think I’m busy that day, or at least I hope not. →hope
Examples from the Corpus
I hope not• "Do you think she's lost?" "I hope not!"• "Will it rain any more?" "I hope not."• I confess that I hoped not.• A: I hope not a siege.• Naturally I hope not, and the probability is that we're exercising ourselves over nothing.• I hope not because Britain is essentially a decent place to take refuge and find acceptance.• I hope not, because I can't see it myself.• Red for good luck, and I hoped not for blood.• My constituents who are in prison - I hope not for too long - are becoming increasingly disaffected.• "I promise I won't do it again." "I certainly hope not, " replied her mother.