double negative

noun

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

1827

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DOUBLE NEGATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

double negative

Definition of double negative for English Language Learners

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


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