ne·​ga·​tion | \ni-ˈgā-shən \

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 , -​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

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The result felt less like an homage than a radical modernist reappraisal of the Bachian ethos — deconstruction carried to negation. John Von Rhein,, "Bella Voce looks back on its storied past, Bach Week projects spirit of its namesake forward," 29 Apr. 2018 Bottom line: Kim is playing a high-stakes game, using nuclear weapons as his trump card, in order to improve his hand in future negations with South Korea and the United States. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Why Kim Jong Un came in from the cold: 3 theories," 22 Apr. 2018 King Lear is among the most complete statements of negation in English. David Yezzi, WSJ, "‘Lear: The Great Image of Authority’ Review: A Master Class in Tragedy," 20 Apr. 2018 Trump's lawyers and Mueller's team are in the midst of negations over what topics an interview with the President could focus on. Dan Merica, CNN, "Trump says he still 'would like to' testify before Mueller," 22 Mar. 2018 Kushner, the White House aide tasked with leading negations in the Middle East on a host of issues, has fostered a close relationship with MBS for months, White House officials have said. Dan Merica, CNN, "House Democrats call for FBI to probe into Kushner's ties to Saudi crown prince," 29 Mar. 2018 But refusing to give in to a politics of negation, despite it all, this is punk rock. J.j. Gould, The New Republic, "Wrong ’Em Boyo," 22 Mar. 2018 How are black girls supposed to grow up to be black women in love with themselves in a country built on the structural negation of black women’s humanity and personhood? Brittney Cooper, Time, "Stop Asking Whether Women 'Love Themselves Enough' to Leave Their Abusers," 15 Mar. 2018 How could the negation be political if the original activity was not? Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "Football has Always Been a Battleground in the Culture War," 29 Sep. 2017

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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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