negation

noun
ne·​ga·​tion | \ ni-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce negation (audio) \

Definition of negation

1a : 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
2a : something that is the absence of something actual : nonentity
b : something considered the opposite of something regarded as positive

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Other Words from negation

negational \ ni-​ˈgā-​shnəl How to pronounce negational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of negation in a Sentence

issued specific negations of all of the charges against her a ruling by the Supreme Court that many regarded as a negation of the basic right of privacy
Recent Examples on the Web Formal negations will commence closer to the Jan. 30 expiration date. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Loons’ Ethan Finlay can joke about his ‘slide,’ but not about labor issues," 20 Sep. 2019 Gödel himself proved that the truth of the continuum hypothesis is consistent with ZFC, and Paul Cohen, an American mathematician, proved the opposite, that the negation of the hypothesis is also consistent with ZFC. Quanta Magazine, "To Settle Infinity Dispute, a New Law of Logic," 26 Nov. 2013 The Cubs and Maddon agreed at the general managers meetings in November to table negations over a contract extension until after the season. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "In Joe Maddon’s ‘win-or-bust’ season, the final 7 weeks could determine his Cubs fate," 9 Aug. 2019 His staged, performative actions, carried out for both still and film cameras, enlist gravity as a tool of self-negation, concealment and potential harm. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Bas Jan Ader disappeared at sea at age 33. His art still haunts," 5 July 2019 The fascist negation of religious truths, by which all political choices are to be judged, has found countless disciples in progressive circles. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "Mussolini and the End of Liberal Democracy," 25 June 2019 Now it’s been traded for polysyllabic corporatese, a negation (de-) of an abstraction (centralize). Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Angry Nerd: Come On! We Can't 'Decentralize' Everything!," 24 June 2019 Today roughly 7 to 10 percent of Ecuador’s population is of African descent, and these people face discrimination and marginalization following centuries of negation, humiliation and erasure. Charles David Kleymeyer, Smithsonian, "Meet Juan García Salazar, the Man Who Championed Black Identity in Ecuador," 14 June 2019 Since there is generally much circumstantial evidence pointing to its truth, the negation is seen as most unlikely. Quanta Magazine, "The Subtle Art of the Mathematical Conjecture," 7 May 2019

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First Known Use of negation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for negation

Middle English negacioun "denial, negative assertion," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French negaciun, borrowed from Latin negātiōn-, negātiō "denial, refusal," from negāre "to deny, say no" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at negate

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12 Nov 2019

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