Share this entry
via negativa Syllabification: vi·a ne·ga·ti·va
Pronunciation: /ˈvēə ˌneɡəˈtēvə/ /ˈvīə/

Definition of via negativa in English:


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.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Definition of via negativa in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources