double negative


grammar : a clause that has two negative words (such as “nothing” and “don't”) when only one is necessary

Full Definition of DOUBLE NEGATIVE

:  a now nonstandard syntactic construction containing two negatives and having a negative meaning <“I didn't hear nothing” is a double negative>

First Known Use of DOUBLE NEGATIVE



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April 28, 2015
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