The entry of none distinguishes


  1. not any, as of something indicated: None of the pie is left. That is none of your business.

  2. no part; nothing: I'll have none of your backtalk!


I don't understand the difference between both meanings though.

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Word reference is not the best of dictionaries, it might help you for a quick look up of a word, but for an in-depth understanding of a word's meaning it may be insufficient. As for the definition under [3.], there is an informal phrase: have none of (something).
Collins says:

have none of
If you say that someone will have none of something, or is having none of something, you mean that they refuse to accept it.

  • He knew his own mind and was having none of their attempts to keep him at home.

Cambridge agrees:

to refuse to accept, agree with, or support something:

  • She tried to persuade him to retire, but he would have none of it.
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    Jun 22, 2021 at 15:34
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