negation

A negation is a refusal or denial of something. If your friend thinks you owe him five dollars and you say that you don’t, your statement is a negation.

A negation is a statement that cancels out or denies another statement or action. "I didn't kill the butler" could be a negation, along with "I don't know where the treasure is." The act of saying one of these statements is also a negation. Some negations can be good news, like “No, you don’t have a cavity” or “No, that report isn’t due today.”

Definitions of negation
  1. noun
    the speech act of negating
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    types:
    contradiction
    the speech act of contradicting someone
    cancellation
    the speech act of revoking or annulling or making void
    self-contradiction
    contradicting yourself
    type of:
    denial, disaffirmation
    the act of asserting that something alleged is not true
  2. noun
    a negative statement; a statement that is a refusal or denial of some other statement
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    statement
    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
  3. noun
    (logic) a proposition that is true if and only if another proposition is false
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    proposition
    (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
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