Definition of denegation
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Examples of denegation in a sentence
this recent flip-flop is merely the latest in a series of denegations by the governor of previously held positions
Did You Know?
Even if we didn't provide you with a definition, you might guess the meaning of "denegation" from the "negation" part. Both words are ultimately derived from the Latin verb negare, meaning "to deny" or "to say no," and both first arrived in English in the 15th century. "Negare" is also the source of our "abnegation" ("self-denial"), "negate" ("to deny the truth of"), and "renegade" (which originally referred to someone who leaves, and therefore denies, a religious faith). Even "deny" and "denial" are "negare" descendants. Like "denegation," they came to us from "negare" by way of the Latin denegare, which also means "to deny."
Origin and Etymology of denegation
Medieval French or Latin; Medieval French denegation, from Latin denegation-, denegatio, from denegare to deny — more at deny
First Known Use: 15th century
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