- 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.
Origin of negate
Related Words for negateinvalidate, reverse, neutralize, void, undo, disallow, nullify, belie, vitiate, disprove, rebut, annihilate, ding, traverse, revoke, dump, blackball, negative, controvert, redress
Examples from the Web for negate
Contemporary Examples of negate
Gelman quietly answered “no,” and that seemed to negate his hearsay point.A Sandusky Retrial? Lawyers Ask for Another Try
January 10, 2013
Just because two goods or two rights are in tension, it does not mean that one should negate the other.Gil Troy Responds to Yousef Munayyer
August 21, 2012
Almost as if to negate the inevitable White House walk-back that his statement was “taken out of context,” Biden dug in his heels.James Kirchick on How Biden Gets it Wrong (Again) in Newsweek
December 21, 2011
That's not to negate the fact that we hope that the destination will be satisfying.Lost, for the Last Time
January 27, 2010
Historical Examples of negate
Sensitiveness, Culture, seemed to negate spontaneity of action.Colorado Jim
The idea of wholeness does not negate an appreciation of the complexity of being.Nursing as Caring
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.
A part of them negate law for our future; these teachings may be called anomistic.
- to make ineffective or void; nullify; invalidate
- to deny or contradict
Word Origin 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.