negate

verb /nɪˈɡeɪt/
a) To deny the existence, evidence, or truth of; to contradict.

The investigation tending to negate any supernatural influences.

b) To nullify or cause to be ineffective.

Progress on the study has been negated by the lack of funds.


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  • negate — I verb abnegate, abolish, abort, abrogate, annihilate, annul, cancel, confound, confute, contradict, contravene, controvert, counter, counteract, countermand, counterpoise, declare invalid, declare null and void, defeat, demur, deny, deprive of… …   Law dictionary

  • negate — (v.) 1795 (with an isolated use from 1620s), back formation from NEGATION (Cf. negation), or else from L. negatus, pp. of negare. Related: Negated; negates; negating …   Etymology dictionary

  • negate — *nullify, annul, abrogate, invalidate Analogous words: negative, *neutralize, counteract …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • negate — [v] contradict, countermand abate, abolish, abrogate, annihilate, annul, belie, blackball*, break with*, cancel, cancel out, controvert, countercheck, cross*, deny, ding*, disaffirm, disallow, disprove, dump*, fly in the face of*, frustrate,… …   New thesaurus

  • negate — ► VERB 1) make ineffective; nullify. 2) deny the existence of. 3) Grammar make (a clause, sentence, etc.) negative in meaning. ORIGIN Latin negare deny …   English terms dictionary

  • negate — [ni gāt′] vt. negated, negating [< L negatus: see NEGATION] 1. to deny the existence or truth of 2. to make ineffective negator n. negater …   English World dictionary

  • negate — UK [nɪˈɡeɪt] / US [nəˈɡeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms negate : present tense I/you/we/they negate he/she/it negates present participle negating past tense negated past participle negated formal to make something have no effect …   English dictionary

  • negate — transitive verb (negated; negating) Etymology: Latin negatus, past participle of negare to say no, deny, from neg no, not (akin to ne not) more at no Date: circa 1623 1. to deny the existence or truth of 2. to cause to be ineffective or invalid… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • negate — negator, negater, n. /ni gayt , neg ayt/, v., negated, negating. v.t. 1. to deny the existence, evidence, or truth of: an investigation tending to negate any supernatural influences. 2. to nullify or cause to be ineffective: Progress on the study …   Universalium

  • negate — verb Negate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑effect …   Collocations dictionary

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