Definition of via negativa in English:

via negativa


  • A way of describing something by saying what it is not, especially denying that any finite concept of attribute can be identified with or used of God or ultimate reality.

    • ‘In Cochabamba, Luis Antezana, Bolivia's illustrious literary critic and a close friend of the poet, tells us that Jaime Saenz had chosen the more difficult life of a mystic, the via negativa.’
    • ‘A postmodern doctrine of God, rather, must be an apophatic theology, or a via negativa.’


Latin, literally negative path.


via negativa

/ˈvīə//ˈvēə ˌneɡəˈtēvə/