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[ni-gey-shuh n] /nɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
the act of denying:
He shook his head in negation of the charge.
a denial:
a negation of one's former beliefs.
something that is without existence; nonentity.
the absence or opposite of something that is actual, positive, or affirmative:
Darkness is the negation of light.
a negative statement, idea, concept, doctrine, etc.; a contradiction, refutation, or rebuttal:
a shameless lie that demands a negation.
Origin of negation
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin negātiōn- (stem of negātiō) denial. See negate, -ion
Related forms
negational, adjective
negationist, noun
nonnegation, noun
renegation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for negation
  • On lazy afternoons, you lectured to hung-over sophomores about the negation of the negation.
  • What does sound cold-blooded, however, is the dismissal and outright negation of the emotional impact of difficult life decisions.
  • Part of this would be a negation of the framework for the current negotiations.
  • How often our usage manages to accomplish, for a name or an expression, the precise negation of its originally intended meaning.
  • So one invented language put the negation element in a permissible place, while the other put it in an impermissible place.
  • Indeed this invalid concept of inertial frames proves both the loss of simultaneity and the negation of it.
  • And then there was his inability to comprehend the despair and self-negation he inflicted on others.
  • It serves the dream excellently in representing the conflict of the will, the negation.
  • The fairness aimed at is the negation not only of aristocracy but also of meritocracy.
  • Gradually the party's fanaticism and the senseless ferocity of its discipline became to him the negation of the good and the true.
British Dictionary definitions for negation


the opposite or absence of something
a negative thing or condition
the act or an instance of negating
  1. the operator that forms one sentence from another and corresponds to the English not
  2. a sentence so formed. It is usually written –p, ~p, ̄p or ⇁p, where p is the given sentence, and is false when the given sentence is true, and true when it is false
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Word Origin and History for negation

early 15c., from Old French negacion (12c.) and directly from Latin negationem (nominative negatio) "denial," noun of action from past participle stem of negare "deny, say no" (see deny).

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negation in Medicine

negation ne·ga·tion (nĭ-gā'shən)
A denial, contradiction, or negative statement.

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