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negate

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Definition to contradict, offset, or render meaningless
  • 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.
  • It negates the efforts of every scientist, statesman, moralist, reformer, doctor, and philosopher that ever gave his life to humanity's service.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • The shark was utterly frozen in place, perhaps negating the tank's occupants' ability to sense him.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I want them to absorb their negations.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • "Where is the original?" asked Madame de Bellegarde, in a voice which was really a consummate negation of impatience.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Including the words that had negated all the rest.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • It was not a solitude of atrophy, of negation, but of perpetual flowering.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The other guys in the band don't feel the same way, but singing for sex negates the art.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • The clear wrap of windows and the glossy acrylic table didn't negate the fact that Simpson was in deep trouble.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • However, your success does not negate the reality of your disobedience.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The negation of the Eleatic philosophy was Heracli-tus, who said that everything flows.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Napoleon silently shook his head in negation.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • It is mere cowardice to seek safety in negations.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • That was encrusted with parental associations... Negation.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • It is negation canonized as the one positive virtue.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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