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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.
Origin of negate
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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  • Sensitiveness, Culture, seemed to negate spontaneity of action.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • The idea of wholeness does not negate an appreciation of the complexity of being.

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
  • We could negate the efforts of any echelon below the Eddorians themselves, it is true.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • The Anarchistic teachings have in common only this, that they negate the State for our future.

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • A part of them negate law for our future; these teachings may be called anomistic.

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • They have this in common, that they negate the State for our future.

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
British Dictionary definitions for negate


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 negate

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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