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[neg-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈnɛg əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
marked by negation; denying; negative.
Origin of negatory
From the Late Latin word negātōrius, dating back to 1570-80. See negate, -tory1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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"expressing negation," 1570s, from Middle French negatoire or directly from Medieval Latin negatorius "negative," from Latin negatus, past participle of negare "deny, say no, to refuse" (see deny). In the sense "no" it is U.S. Air Force slang from the early 1950s.

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No; nix, nope: Mrs. Shrub sternly took Shrub's arm. ''Were you really going to ruin his daughter's wedding?'' The Shrub said, ''Negatory''

[1950s+ Air Force; an adjective sense, fr French ne´gatoire, is found by 1580; the modern sense was popularized by the citizens band phenomenon of the 1970s]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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