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  • Her apology is welcome, but does not negate her inexperience.
  • The contract was negated by bankruptcy.
  • Developing country growth will negate reduced carbon emissions in the developed world.
  • The increased government spending was negated by decreased private spending.

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  • She shook her head and quietly said "no, no, no," over and over again, but without tears, and I wasn’t sure if she was answering her grandfather’s question or just negating the whole situation.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • The days were only two watts brighter than the nights, and the nights were the negation of light—not dark, but lightlessness absolute.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • The shark was utterly frozen in place, perhaps negating the tank’s occupants’ ability to sense him.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "After all, Taormina, Ceylon, Africa, America—as far as we go, they are only the negation of what we ourselves stand for and are: and we’re rather like Jonahs running away from the place we belong.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • But I’ve been giving him the benefit of the doubt since the moment I met him, and any sorrow I felt for him has just been negated by the fact that he’s now attempting to tell me that my own mother was somehow involved.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • With a feeling of decisive, final negation that was almost like panic within me, I wanted to hear no more about Auschwitz, not another word.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • She only shook her head in determined negation, and clenched her teeth as the next pain came.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • No arsenic to obtain and administer—nothing definite-just-negation!
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Joad waved his stick in negation when the plug was held out to him.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Napoleon silently shook his head in negation.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Let me assure you as your new principal my goal is to bridge any gap in the school culture that negates that motto.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • War doesn’t negate decency.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Her face pressed to her arm, she moved her head, shaking it slowly hi negation.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The negation of the infinite leads straight to nihilism.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • There must be ways to remove the blessing, to negate a spell.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I try to think of something to say to undermine what has just happened, to negate it, but I can hear the slight burst of static indicating my microphone has been cut off and the mayor has taken over.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The Fugees were to keep the ball on the ground to negate the competition’s height advantage, and whenever possible, to send the ball away from the middle and toward the wings, where Josiah and Idwar could use their speed and where the Fugees were less apt to get knocked around.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • And by those negations, considered along with the affirmative fact of his prodigious bulk and power, you can best form to yourself the truest, though not the most exhilarating conception of what the most exalted potency is.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But when winter shut down on Starkfield and the village lay under a sheet of snow perpetually renewed from the pale skies, I began to see what life there-or rather its negation-must have been in Ethan Frome’s young manhood.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • I propose to negate this attack by so ordering our lives that there’ll be no chinks for such barbs to enter.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Here in this room my defenses were negated, stripped away, checked at the door as the weapons, the knives and razors and owlhead pistols of the country boys were checked on Saturday night at the Golden Day.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Good, negation of good in the past tense, agreement with statement.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • The life that went on in them seemed to me made up of evasions and negations; shifts to save cooking, to save washing and cleaning, devices to propitiate the tongue of gossip.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • The negation of the Eleatic philosophy was Heracli-tus, who said that everything flows.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • However, your success does not negate the reality of your disobedience.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • ’At the present time, negation is the most beneficial of all—and we deny——’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Adela notices that all sound is, reduced to a hollow booming noise, so that a voice or a footfall or the striking of a match results in this booming negation.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • As an indifference cherished, or left to atrophy, becomes an emptiness, to this extent he had learned to become empty of Nicole, serving her against his will with negations and emotional neglect.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Maria had turned and waved her hand at him and El Sordo waved disparagingly with the abrupt, Spanish upward flick of the forearm as though something were being tossed away which seems the negation of all salutation which has not to do with business.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • But in our day he goes straight for the literature of negation, very quickly assimilates all the extracts of the science of negation, and he’s ready.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The world, whether dense or hollow, provoked only my negations.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • I whispered something, a swift irrational negation.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • There was now no point in a war that might once have been justified as a search for free subsistence and living space — it had degenerated into vast, inhuman mass slaughter, negating all cultural values, and it can never be justified to the German people; it will be utterly condemned by the nation as a whole.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The soundlessness impressed her as a positive entity rather than as the mere negation of noise.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • What if "niceness" carried to that supreme degree were only a negation, the curtain dropped before an emptiness?
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • "Dex," as it is known, can temporarily negate the deleterious effects of altitude; each member of Fischer’s team carried repared syringe of the drug in a plastic toothbrush case inside a prep his or her down suit, where it wouldn’t freeze, for emergencies.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • I am a sort of negation of it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • She shook her head, but with a weakened negation.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Whence can such a power come to break the life-negating spell and dissolve the wrath of the two childhood fathers?
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • She looked, even as I did, and gave me, with her deep groan of negation, repulsion, compassion—the mixture with her pity of her relief at her exemption—a sense, touching to me even then, that she would have backed me up if she could.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Before time was, by some decree which I could never make out, I was pre-destined ’to deny’ and yet I am genuinely good-hearted and not at all inclined to negation.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • His skills negated the handicap; he once won on a horse carrying fifteen pounds more than his impost.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • It is mere cowardice to seek safety in negations.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • This attribute was common to most of Lily’s set: they had a force of negation which eliminated everything beyond their own range of perception.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Music was the negation of sentences, music was the anti-word!
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • It is negation canonized as the one positive virtue.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
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