:not() Selector


not selector

Description: Selects all elements that do not match the given selector.

  • version added: 1.0jQuery( ":not(selector)" )

    selector: A selector with which to filter by.

All selectors are accepted inside :not(), for example: :not(div a) and :not(div,a).

Additional Notes

The .not() method will end up providing you with more readable selections than pushing complex selectors or variables into a :not() selector filter. In most cases, it is a better choice.

Example:

Finds all inputs that are not checked and highlights the next sibling span. Notice there is no change when clicking the checkboxes since no click events have been linked.

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<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>not demo</title>
<script src="//code.jquery.com/jquery-1.10.2.js"></script>
</head>
<body>
<div>
<input type="checkbox" name="a">
<span>Mary</span>
</div>
<div>
<input type="checkbox" name="b">
<span>lcm</span>
</div>
<div>
<input type="checkbox" name="c" checked="checked">
<span>Peter</span>
</div>
<script>
$( "input:not(:checked) + span" ).css( "background-color", "yellow" );
$( "input").attr( "disabled", "disabled" );
</script>
</body>
</html>

Demo: