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double negative

noun

  1. (affirmative)  an affirmative constructed from 2 negatives
    Type of: affirmative
  2. (negative)  a grammatically substandard but emphatic negative
    Type of: negative

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Double negative | Multiple negation

occurs when two forms of negation are used in the same sentence. Multiple negation is the more general term referring to the occurrence of more than one negative in a clause. In most logics and some languages, double negatives cancel one another and ... (43 of 3345 words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

double negative

A construction that employs two negatives, especially to express a single negation. (12 of 564 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

double negative

a syntactic construction, often considered ungrammatical in standard Modern English, in which two negatives are used where one is needed, as in "I ... (23 of 437 words, 2 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/double-negative

Oxford Dictionary:

double negative [grammar]

a negative statement containing two negative elements (for example he didn't say nothing). | a positive statement in which two negative elements are ... (22 of 249 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/double-negative

double negative

Syllabification: (dou·ble neg·a·tive) | [grammar] | a negative statement containing two negative elements (for example didn't say nothing). | a ... (17 of 244 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

double negative [countable] | double negatives [plural]

a sentence in which two negative words such as "not", "don"t', or "no one" are used when only one would be correct, for example in the sentence "I ... (28 of 61 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/double-negative

Wiktionary:

double negative [insulting, rhetoric] | double negatives [plural]

A phrase in which there are two negative words or their compounds (e.g. no, not, never, none, etc), occasionally leading to ambiguity in the meaning, but necessary in some foreign languages. (31 of 57 words)

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Merriam-Webster:

double negative

a now nonstandard syntactic construction containing two negatives and having a negative meaning (13 of 48 words, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/double negative

Cambridge Dictionary:

double negative

in grammar, the use of two negatives (words that mean 'no') in the same phrase or sentence (17 of 35 words, 1 usage example)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/double-negative

New World Dictionary:

double negative

the use of two negatives in a single statement having a negative force (Ex.: "I didn't hear nothing"): now generally regarded as nonstandard (23 of 25 words)

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Random House Dictionary:

double negative

a syntactic construction in which two negative words are used in the same clause to express a single negation. (19 of 21 words)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/double-negative

Encarta Dictionary:

double negative | double negatives [plural]

a phrase containing two negatives (5 of 127 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861689313​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

double negative [countable] | double negatives [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "double negative"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

double negative [countable] | double negatives [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "double negative"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/double-negative

Cambridge Dictionary:

double negative

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "double negative"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "double negative"

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Google Dictionary:

double negative | double negatives [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "double negative"

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YourDictionary Audio:

double negative

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "double negative" by speech synthesizer

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