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double negative

noun

Simple Definition of double negative

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of double negative

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

1827

First Known Use of double negative

1827


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