Meaning of NEGATION in English


— negational , adj. — negationist , n.

/ni gay"sheuhn/ , n.

1. the act of denying: He shook his head in negation of the charge.

2. a denial: a negation of one's former beliefs.

3. something that is without existence; nonentity.

4. the absence or opposite of something that is actual, positive, or affirmative: Darkness is the negation of light.

5. a negative statement, idea, concept, doctrine, etc.; a contradiction, refutation, or rebuttal: a shameless lie that demands a negation.

[ 1375-1425; late ME negation- (s. of negatio ) denial. See NEGATE, -ION ]

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