Definition of litotes noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

litotes

 noun
noun
NAmE//laɪˈtoʊt̮iz//
 
, NAmE//ˈlaɪt̮əˌtiz//
 
[uncountable](technology)
 
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the use of a negative or weak statement to emphasize a positive meaning, for example he wasn't slow to accept the offer (= he was quick to accept the offer) compare understatement
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: litotes