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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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  • For his original conception of matter as something which has no qualities is really a negation.

    Timaeus Plato
  • And in suggesting this, they have all the advantages that every sceptic has when he supports a negation.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • His negation of theogony was tantamount to a negation of cosmogony.

  • There was infinite sadness in the young wife's gesture of negation.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • In this point of view only the negation of feeling is the negation of God.

    The Essence of Christianity Ludwig Feuerbach
  • She refused to be convinced by her husband's shake of the head in negation.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • This was a direct assault upon the Sadducean doctrine of negation concerning the literal resurrection of the dead.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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negation in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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