Definition of Negation

1. Noun. A negative statement; a statement that is a refusal or denial of some other statement.

Generic synonyms: Statement
Derivative terms: Negate

2. Noun. The speech act of negating.
Generic synonyms: Denial, Disaffirmation
Specialized synonyms: Contradiction, Cancellation
Derivative terms: Negate

3. Noun. (logic) a proposition that is true if and only if another proposition is false.
Category relationships: Logic
Generic synonyms: Proposition
Derivative terms: Negate

Definition of Negation

1. n. The act of denying; assertion of the nonreality or untruthfulness of anything; declaration that something is not, or has not been, or will not be; denial; -- the opposite of affirmation.

Definition of Negation

1. Noun. The act of negating something. ¹

2. Noun. A denial or contradiction. ¹

3. Noun. (logic countable) A proposition which is the contradictory of another proposition and which can be obtained from that other proposition by the appropriately placed addition/insertion of the word "not". (Or, in symbolic logic, by prepending that proposition with the symbol for the logical operator "not".) ¹

4. Noun. (logic) The logical operation which obtains such (negated) propositions. ¹

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Definition of Negation

1. the act of negating [n -S]

Medical Definition of Negation

1. Refusal to admit the truth or reality of a situation or experience. (12 Dec 1998)

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Literary usage of Negation

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1. Logic by Christoph Sigwart (1895)
"To interpret the nature of the negation completely we must add to the principle of contradiction the further principle that the negation of the negation is ..."

2. The Practical Elements of Rhetoric: With Illustrative Examples by John Franklin Genung (1896)
"negation. The typical means of expressing simple negation is the adverb not. ... Degrees of negation. — For some purposes it is desirable to intensify the ..."

3. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1803)
"... by a direft negation, any other fimple idea which is ... and yellow colour of gold, any one join in his thoughts the negation of a greater degree of ..."

4. Footnotes to Formal Logic by Charles Henry Rieber (1918)
"CHAPTER IV negation AND THE INFINITE JUDGMENT There are four possible ways in which we may regard the relation between the affirmative and the negative ..."

5. Bibliotheca Sacra and Theological Review (1859)
"The Latin negation. THE negation is of frequent occurrence in human language. ... The idea of negation, being a simple idea, is clear and distinct in itself ..."

6. The Essentials of Logic, Being Ten Lectures on Judgment and Inference by Bernard Bosanquet (1895)
"Then if we leave out the relations of mere plurality, of All and Some, which enable you to get contrary negation in pure negative form in the common Logic, ..."

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