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[^] (Wildcard - Character(s) Not to Match) (Transact-SQL)

Applies To: SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016 Preview

Topic Status: Some information in this topic is preview and subject to change in future releases. Preview information describes new features or changes to existing features in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2).

Matches any single character that is not within the range or set specified between the square brackets.

Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version), Azure SQL Database.

The following example uses the [^] operator to find all the people in the Contact table who have first names that start with Al and have a third letter that is not the letter a.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
GO
SELECT FirstName, LastName
FROM Person.Person
WHERE FirstName LIKE 'Al[^a]%'
ORDER BY FirstName;

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