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not in the slightest

Not at all; not even a little bit. A: "I'm really sorry. Are you mad?" B: "Not in the slightest! I know it was a mistake."
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in the least

Also, in the slightest. At all, in the smallest degree. These terms are nearly always used in a negative context. For example, I don't care in the least what you do with the money, or It doesn't matter in the slightest whether or not you attend. [c. 1600] They may also be put as not in the least or not in the slightest, as in I am not in the least worried about the outcome, or The heat doesn't bother me in the slightest. In the least dates from about 1600; in the slightest has been used in the sense of "emphatically unimportant or trifling" since the late 1500s.
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(ˌnot) in the ˈleast

(used in negative sentences, questions and if clauses) (not) at all: She wasn’t in the least afraid.If you are in the least worried about it, then ask somebody for help.
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not in the ˈslightest

not at all; not in the least: Flying doesn’t worry me in the slightest.
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in the least

At all: I don't mind in the least.
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References in classic literature ?
She landed lightly on her bare feet with a perfect balance, without the slightest suspicion of swaying in her instant immobility.
The woman said that she entertained not the slightest suspicion of the man's motives until she had reached the doorway of the house, when it occurred to her to warn him not to turn the carriage so as to permit the sun to shine in the baby's eyes.
We can go aboard, get the child, and return without the slightest fear.
And so it was that they came to Singapore without the girl having the slightest conception of her father's plans.
How could he explain the plans when she evinced not the slightest sign that she was not already entirely conversant with them?
His manner betrayed not the slightest interest or pleasure.
The doctor was not the sort of man to give his daughter, or any other woman, the slightest chance of surprising his secrets.
I have not the slightest doubt of it," he answered, coolly.
All the time that I had followed them I had kept both eyes and ears alert for sign or sound that would indicate the presence of Felis tigris; but so far not the slightest indication of the beast had been apparent.
Neither is there the slightest reason why Mrs Nickleby should have expressed surprise when, candles being at length brought in, Kate's bright eyes were unable to bear the light which obliged her to avert her face, and even to leave the room for some short time; because, when one has sat in the dark so long, candles ARE dazzling, and nothing can be more strictly natural than that such results should be produced, as all well-informed young people know.
But probably the most important point of all, is, that the animal or plant should be so highly useful to man, or so much valued by him, that the closest attention should be paid to even the slightest deviation in the qualities or structure of each individual.
No true Christian could cherish such bitter feelings as I do against him and her, especially the latter: him, I still feel that I could pardon - freely, gladly - on the slightest token of repentance; but she - words cannot utter my abhorrence.
At the slightest hint she transferred her jealousy from one object to another.
A guilty-looking cat issuing from under the stones ran for a while in front of Mr Verloc, then dived into another basement; and a thick police constable, looking a stranger to every emotion, as if he too were part of inorganic nature, surging apparently out of a lamp-post, took not the slightest notice of Mr Verloc.
Most of their dark forms were soon blended with the brown covering of the prairie; though the captives, who watched the slightest movement of their enemies with vigilant eyes, were now and then enabled to discern a human figure, drawn against the horizon, as some one, more eager than the rest, rose to his greatest height in order to extend the limits of his view.