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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'.

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