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One fact with which it is positively inconsistent is worth as much, and as powerful in negativing the hypothesis, as five hundred.

This they proceeded to do, negativing absolutely my desire to accompany them.

That is passing by this Convention altogether; it is negativing the States represented in it.

Indeed, the other House had exercised this right in negativing the repeal of the law relative to the manning of these vessels.

A large share of the work done was directed to assuring or negativing previous results.

It even referred directly to one of my tentative hypotheses, at once negativing it and giving another altogether satisfactory.

This negativing of limits by the imagination is the positing of omniscience as a divine power and reality.

She looked down, and shook her head, as if negativing his proposal with obstinate decision.


c.1400, "expressing denial," from Old French negatif (13c.) and directly from Latin negativus "that which denies," from negat-, past participle stem of negare "deny, say no" (see deny). Meaning "expressing negation" is from c.1500; that of "characterized by absence" is from 1560s. Algebraic sense is from 1670s. The electricity sense is from 1755.

Related: Negatively.