not, _not

Logical negation

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not b


not b represents the logical negation of the Boolean expression b.

MuPAD® uses a three state logic with the Boolean constants TRUE, FALSE, and UNKNOWN. These are processed as follows:

  • not TRUE = FALSE

  • not FALSE = TRUE


_not(b) is equivalent to not b.

Boolean expressions can be composed of these constants as well as of arbitrary arithmetical expressions. Typically, equations, such as x = y, and inequalities, such as x <> y, x < y, and x <= y, are used to construct Boolean expressions.

Combinations of the constants TRUE, FALSE, UNKNOWN inside a Boolean expression are simplified automatically. However, symbolic Boolean subexpressions, equalities, and inequalities are not evaluated and simplified by logical operators. Use bool to evaluate such expressions to one of the Boolean constants. Note, however, that bool can evaluate inequalities x < y, x <= y and so on only if they are composed of numbers of type Type::Real. See Example 2.

Use simplify with the option logic to simplify expressions involving symbolic Boolean subexpressions. See Example 3.

The precedences of the logical operators are as follows. If in doubt, use brackets to make sure that the expression is parsed as desired.

  • The operator not is stronger binding than and, that is, not b1 and b2 = (not b1) and b2.

  • The operator and is stronger binding than xor, that is, b1 and b2 or b3 = (b1 and b2) xor b3.

  • The operator xor is stronger binding than or, that is, b1 xor b2 or b3 = (b1 xor b2) or b3.

  • The operator or is stronger binding than ==>, that is, b1 or b2 ==> b3 = (b1 or b2) ==> b3.

  • The operator ==> is stronger binding than <=>, that is, b1 ==> b2 <=> b3 = (b1 ==> b2) <=> b3.

In the conditional context of if, repeat, and while statements, Boolean expressions are evaluated via “lazy evaluation” (see _lazy_and, _lazy_or). In any other context, all operands are evaluated.


Example 1

Combinations of the Boolean constants TRUE, FALSE, and UNKNOWN are simplified automatically to one of these constants:

TRUE and not (FALSE or TRUE)


Example 2

Logical operators simplify subexpressions that evaluate to the constants TRUE, FALSE, UNKNOWN.

b1 or b2 and (not FALSE)

FALSE or ((not b1) and TRUE)

b1 and (b2 or FALSE) and (not UNKNOWN)

However, equalities and inequalities are not evaluated:

not(x = x) and (1 < 2) and (2 < 3) and (3 > 4)

Boolean evaluation is enforced via bool:


Example 3

Expressions involving symbolic Boolean subexpressions are not simplified by and, or, not. Simplification has to be requested explicitly via the function simplify:

(b1 and b2) or (b1 and (not b2)) and (1 < 2)

simplify(%, logic)



Boolean expressions

Return Values

Boolean expression.

Overloaded By

b, b_1, b_2

See Also

MuPAD Functions