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Definition of NEGATION

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Negation \Ne*ga"tion\, n. [L. negatio, fr. negare to say no, to deny; ne not + the root of aio I say; cf. Gr. ?, Skr. ah to say; cf. F. n['e]gation. See {No}, adv., and cf. {Adage}, {Deny}, {Renegade}.]
     1. 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}. [1913 Webster]

              Our assertions and negations should be yea and nay.
                                                    --Rogers. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Logic) Description or definition by denial, exclusion, or exception; statement of what a thing is not, or has not, from which may be inferred what it is or has. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

141 Moby Thesaurus words for "negation": abnegation, abolishment, abolition, absence, annihilation, annulment, antagonism, argumentation, bucking, challenge, choking, choking off, clashing, conflict, contention, contradiction, contraposition, contravention, contraversion, controversy, counteraction, counterworking, crosscurrent, crossing, declension, declination, declinature, declining, denial, deprivation, deracination, difference, disaccord, disaccordance, disagreement, disallowance, disclaimer, disclamation, disconfirmation, discord, discordance, discordancy, discrepancy, disharmony, disobedience, disparity, disproof, disproval, disproving, dissension, dissent, dissidence, dissonance, disunion, disunity, divergence, diversity, elimination, emptiness, eradication, explosion, expose, exposure, extermination, extinction, extinguishment, extirpation, faction, gainsaying, head wind, holding back, impugnation, impugnment, inaccordance, inequality, invalidation, jarring, liquidation, nay, negative, negative answer, negativeness, negativity, nihility, nix, no, nonacceptance, nonbeing, noncompliance, nonconsent, nonentity, nonexistence, nonobservance, nonoccurrence, nonreality, nonsubsistence, not-being, nothingness, nullification, nullity, opposing, opposition, opposure, oppugnancy, oppugnation, purge, rebutment, rebuttal, recantation, redargution, reductio ad absurdum, refusal, rejection, repudiation, repugnance, resistance, retention, rooting out, silencing, snuffing out, standing against, stifling, strangulation, suffocation, suppression, thumbs-down, traversal, turndown, unactuality, undercurrent, unharmoniousness, unreality, unwillingness, uprooting, vacancy, vacuity, vacuum, variance, void, voiding, withholding

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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