Definition of negation in English:

negation

noun

  • 1The contradiction or denial of something.

    ‘there should be confirmation—or negation—of the findings’
    • ‘Manne's central thesis appears to be that Howard has but one social and cultural policy: a policy of negation.’
    • ‘Again this viewpoint is an insulting and dangerous negation of the possibility that critical thinking, serious analysis might be able to lead to a conclusion which, at times, coincides with that of power.’
    • ‘Apophasis transcends both affirmation and negation, refuting in both any possible attainment of understanding beyond the limitation of conceptual analysis.’
    • ‘Thus, his restatement is paragraph two of the story, not the story's negation.’
    • ‘This ostensibly uncomplicated mark, associated with addition as well as cancellation and negation, invokes associations with danger and threat.’
    • ‘Go with the to and fro flow through the rhythms of urbanity, through the too-human rhythms of love and loss, through the rhythms of responsible affirmation or negation.’
    • ‘That unformulated coherence is what happens when we move from negation to negativity.’
    • ‘Of late, signs have been positive and despite a home record which is, by some distance, the worst of any senior club in Scotland, Berwick's sturdy negation of their uninspired opponents took their unbeaten stretch to 10 games.’
    • ‘This cruelty is the side-effect of pure negation.’
    • ‘As a consequence, it is the guarantor of human dignity and freedom, especially in the gas chambers and gulags which are the total negation of both.’
    • ‘It can be identified only by its negation of modernism; as its architecture exemplifies perceptually, it has no form of its own.’
    • ‘Violence, by definition, signals the loss, lapse and negation of a spiritual way of being.’
    • ‘Though he loved Levi-Strauss and Saussure, he showed how their relatively rigid theories of culture and language respectively contained the seeds of their own negation.’
    • ‘He stressed he was categorically against the total negation of what had been reached in the last four years.’
    • ‘For every advance in open and democratic publishing, we must expect a response, a counter-manoeuvre and attempts at subversion and negation.’
    • ‘In this sense unproductive labor occupies the position of an other, a category of labor in difference that can be known primarily by its negative content, which is to say its precise negation of all that defines productive labor.’
    • ‘What has become an endangered species is a still further type of negation, metaphysical negation, in which the no turns out to be a yes: no to appearances, yes to something so exalted it's indescribable.’
    • ‘Any country that believes itself compelled to defend against coercive threat with a strategy of negation would almost certainly focus on space assets as the most promising target.’
    • ‘In Literary Theory and the Claims of History, Satya Mohanty posits a hermeneutics of affirmation in contrast to Jacques Derrida's hermeneutics of negation.’
    • ‘I have long thought that Levine's negations and denials were in fact forms of affirmation and acceptance, ways of warding off sentimentality and bad faith.’
    denial, contradiction, repudiation, disproving, refutation, refuting, rebuttal, countering, disclaiming
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    1. 1.1Grammar Denial of the truth of a clause or sentence, typically involving the use of a negative word (e.g., not, no, never) or a word or affix with negative force (e.g., nothing, non-)
      • ‘The implicit negation in words like fail and ignore may be especially difficult to untangle.’
      • ‘In my topics in the semantics of questions course, we were discussing negation in questions, and - I can't remember the reference now - someone's theory of their being sort of metalinguistic.’
      • ‘What about sentences containing operators like negation and conjunction?’
      • ‘This is dedicated to friends of double negatives and to those who have wondered what the word pas, ‘step,’ has to do with negation in French’
      • ‘At this point, the intensifier is not longer a free agent, but has become a sort of contractual associate of the negation.’
    2. 1.2Logic A proposition whose assertion specifically denies the truth of another proposition.
      ‘the negation of A is, briefly, “not A.”’
      • ‘For each truth-value assignment, construct a conjunction made up of those letters the truth-value assignment makes true, along with the negations of those letters the truth-value assignment makes false.’
      • ‘The truth conditions for negation are: A is true iff A is not true.’
      • ‘And with negations of conditionals and conditionals in antecedents, we saw, the problem is reversed: we assert conditionals which we would not believe if we construed them truth-functionally.’
      • ‘E propositions, or universal negations take the form: No S are P.’
      • ‘An antinomy is the peculiar fallacy which enables us to derive both a proposition and its negation from the same premiss.’
    3. 1.3Mathematics Inversion.
      ‘these formulae and their negations’
      • ‘Hume notes that we cannot imagine or conceive of the negations of typical mathematical theorems, but this seems to be a weak hold on the necessity of mathematics.’
  • 2The absence or opposite of something actual or positive.

    ‘evil is not merely the negation of goodness’
    • ‘To different degrees (as illustrated in the inferential results below) MPs tend to stand for positive usage of a value and oppose the negation of these values.’
    • ‘It was not the literature of negation that was proposed, but the negation of literature.’
    • ‘The contradictions and negations of life cannot be sublated into a determinate negation because life is not a positive, given fact but is the product of human labor.’
    • ‘They allowed themselves to be used by those who wanted to escalate the images of opposition into an all-or-nothing confrontation that is the opposite of democracy and the negation of politics: a symbolism of despair masquerading as hope.’
    • ‘There was first the bipolar world order, followed by its negation and the emergence of a unipolar world order.’
    • ‘It is the opposite or negation of the first stage, and hence is known as the antithesis.’
    • ‘It is merely the negation of something else, and therefore an empty formal category.’
    • ‘There is always going to be a fear of death - as it is the absolute negation of life.’
    • ‘What she wants or does not want is subsumed in absolute indifference and the great overarching project of finding the perfect negation of ego.’
    • ‘A mosque is intended as a void: all paths lead to emptiness, reality is affirmed through its negation.’
    opposite, reverse, antithesis, contrary, inverse, converse
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin negatio(n-), from the verb negare deny (see negate).

Pronunciation:

negation

/nəˈɡāSH(ə)n/