negatory

[ neg-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈnɛg əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

adjective

marked by negation; denying; negative.

Origin of negatory

From the Late Latin word negātōrius, dating back to 1570–80. See negate, -tory1
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Word Origin and History for negatory

negatory


adj.

"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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