noun \ni-ˈgā-shən\

Definition of NEGATION

a :  the action or logical operation of negating or making negative
b :  a negative statement, judgment, or doctrine; especially :  a logical proposition formed by asserting the falsity of a given proposition — see truth table table
a :  something that is the absence of something actual :  nonentity
b :  something considered the opposite of something regarded as positive
ne·ga·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of NEGATION

  1. <issued specific negations of all of the charges against her>
  2. <a ruling by the Supreme Court that many regarded as a negation of the basic right of privacy>

First Known Use of NEGATION

15th century

Other Logic Terms

a posteriori, connotation, corollary, inference, mutually exclusive, paradox, postulate, syllogism


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