negation

noun ne·ga·tion \ ni-ˈgā-shən \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of negation

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

negational

play \ni-ˈgā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of negation in a Sentence

  1. issued specific negations of all of the charges against her

  2. a ruling by the Supreme Court that many regarded as a negation of the basic right of privacy

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Origin and Etymology of 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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