den·​e·​ga·​tion | \ ˌde-ni-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce denegation (audio) \

Definition of denegation

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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."

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

First Known Use of denegation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for denegation

Middle French or Latin; Middle French denegation, from Latin denegation-, denegatio, from denegare to deny — more at deny

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“Denegation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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