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[ni-geyt, neg-eyt]
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verb (used with object), ne·gat·ed, ne·gat·ing.
  1. to deny the existence, evidence, or truth of: an investigation tending to negate any supernatural influences.
  2. to nullify or cause to be ineffective: Progress on the study has been negated by the lack of funds.
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verb (used without object), ne·gat·ed, ne·gat·ing.
  1. to be negative; bring or cause negative results: a pessimism that always negates.
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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 formsne·ga·tor, ne·gat·er, nounre·ne·gate, verb (used with object), re·ne·gat·ed, re·ne·gat·ing.self-ne·gat·ing, adjectiveun·ne·gat·ed, adjective
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Related Words for negate

invalidate, reverse, neutralize, void, undo, disallow, nullify, belie, vitiate, disprove, rebut, annihilate, ding, traverse, revoke, dump, blackball, negative, controvert, redress

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Contemporary Examples of negate

Historical Examples of negate

  • 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.

  • We could negate the efforts of any echelon below the Eddorians themselves, it is true.


    Edward Elmer Smith

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


    Paul Eltzbacher

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


    Paul Eltzbacher

British Dictionary definitions for negate


verb (tr)
  1. to make ineffective or void; nullify; invalidate
  2. to deny or contradict
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Derived Formsnegator or negater, noun

Word Origin for negate

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.

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