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

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1827, in the meaning defined above

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double negative

noun

English Language Learners Definition of double negative

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

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