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"double negative" in British English

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double negativenoun [C]

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the use of two ​negatives (= words that ​mean "no") in the same phrase or ​sentence: The phrase "a not ​unfamiliarsituation" is an ​example of a ​doublenegative.
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(Definition of double negative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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double negativenoun [C]

 /ˈdʌb·əl ˈneɡ·ə·t̬ɪv/
the use of two negative words together in a ​statement that has a negative ​meaning, as in "I didn't do nothing."
(Definition of double negative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “double negative”
in Chinese (Simplified) 双重否定…
in Chinese (Traditional) 雙重否定…
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