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DOUBLE NEGATIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does double negative mean? 

DOUBLE NEGATIVE (noun)
  The noun DOUBLE NEGATIVE has 2 senses:

1. an affirmative constructed from two negatives
2. a grammatically substandard but emphatic negative

  Familiarity information: DOUBLE NEGATIVE used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DOUBLE NEGATIVE (noun)


Sense 1double negative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An affirmative constructed from two negatives

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

A not unwelcome outcome

Hypernyms ("double negative" is a kind of...):

affirmative (a reply of affirmation)


Sense 2double negative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A grammatically substandard but emphatic negative

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

I don't never go

Hypernyms ("double negative" is a kind of...):

negative (a reply of denial)


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