Definition of negation
1a : the action or logical operation of negating or making negativeb : a negative statement, judgment, or doctrine; especially : a logical proposition formed by asserting the falsity of a given proposition — see truth table table
2a : something that is the absence of something actual : nonentityb : something considered the opposite of something regarded as positive
negationalplay \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
Recent Examples of negation from the Web
The Prime Minister's Conservative Party, which commands only a slim majority in Parliament's lower House of Commons, hopes to strengthen its mandate in the government and in the Brexit negations.
The one true element of the universe: emptiness, incremental negations, putting nothings between somethings—that’s what makes order of the chaos.
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