negation

[ ni-gey-shuhn ]
/ nɪˈgeɪ ʃən /

noun

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.

QUIZZES

GEE WHILLIKERS! WAIT TILL YOU SEE THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

Do you remember all the words from last week, September 21–27, 2020? Then this quiz should be butyraceous.
Question 1 of 7
What does “yare” mean?

Origin of negation

1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin negātiōn- (stem of negātiō) denial. See negate, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM negation

ne·ga·tion·al, adjectivene·ga·tion·ist, nounnon·ne·ga·tion, nounre·ne·ga·tion, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for negation

British Dictionary definitions for negation

negation
/ (nɪˈɡeɪʃən) /

noun

the opposite or absence of something
a negative thing or condition
the act or an instance of negating
logic
  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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for negation

negation
[ nĭ-gāshən ]

n.

A denial, contradiction, or negative statement.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.