How to sign don't in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands in front of you pointing inward and your palms oriented down. Then, rotate your hands until they are pointing away from each other.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for don't
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for don't
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Definition:

Negation or contraction

Sign Instructions:

Making an "A" handshape, beginning with your thumb touching the bottom of your chin. Move your hand forward and then down, starting with your forearm in a more vertical position and then ending in a more horizontal position.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for don't
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.

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