Definition of negate in English:


Syllabification: ne·gate
Pronunciation: /nəˈgāt


[with object]
  • 2. Logic & Grammar Make (a clause, sentence, or proposition) negative in meaning.
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    • What we did there was just negate the A. We wanted to negate the whole sentence.
    • In some English dialects, after all, a double negative reinforces a negative, it doesn't negate it.
    • I've suggested that Rice's utterance is unlikely to be function-free, and also that it's unlikely to have been used to question, negate, or contradict.
  • 3Deny the existence of (something): negating the political nature of education
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    • It is difficult to see why dialogue negates or denies the existence of authority.
    • Using video, we were able to disrupt stable, everyday causalities, and to circumvent the logic that negates the existence of fanciful signs or places of superstition in our environment.
    • Disaster and evil seem to me no more to negate the existence of God than they negate the existence of love and courage.
    disprove, prove wrong, prove false, refute, debunk, discredit, invalidate
    informal poke holes in
    formal confute


early 17th century ( sense 1 and sense 3): from Latin negat- 'denied', from the verb negare.

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