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[ni-geyt, neg-eyt] /nɪˈgeɪt, ˈnɛg eɪt/
verb (used with object), negated, negating.
to deny the existence, evidence, or truth of:
an investigation tending to negate any supernatural influences.
to nullify or cause to be ineffective:
Progress on the study has been negated by the lack of funds.
verb (used without object), negated, negating.
to be negative; bring or cause negative results:
a pessimism that always negates.
1615-25; < Latin negātus (past participle of negāre to deny, refuse), equivalent to neg- (variant of nec not; see neglect) + -ā- theme vowel + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
negator, negater, noun
renegate, verb (used with object), renegated, renegating.
self-negating, adjective
unnegated, adjective Unabridged
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  • Working at negating instincts is working against nature.
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  • It is not negating the reality of human population substructure.
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  • So electromagnetism is self negating in that way whereas gravity is not.
  • Any percentage based results would be subject to countless qualifiers and specificities negating their inherent generality.
  • It doesn't help that he's taking plays off, negating the physical advantages he has over some of his teammates.
British Dictionary definitions for negating


verb (transitive)
to make ineffective or void; nullify; invalidate
to deny or contradict
Derived Forms
negator, negater, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin negāre, from neg-, variant of nec not + aio I say
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Word Origin and History for negating



1795 (with an isolated use from 1620s), back-formation from negation, or else from Latin negatus, past participle of negare. Related: Negated; negates; negating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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