Definition of negator in English:



  • A word expressing negation, especially (in English) the word not.

    • ‘The not can't move ‘down’ into the VP get fat, because of the conditions on the VP negator not.’
    • ‘An exuberance of negative expressions (two, three, perhaps even more negators in a sentence) this was a fine feature of Old and Middle English; yet, as earlier described, double negation has become the ban of many speakers today.’
    • ‘In fact, this sentence more clearly follows the pattern we would find in colloquial French wh-phrases, such as we see in 1 below where the wh-word is followed by a negator and then an infinitival verb.’