Definition of double negative noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


double negative

BrE BrE//ˌdʌbl ˈneɡətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdʌbl ˈneɡətɪv//
(grammar) Linguistic devices
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a negative statement containing two negative words. ‘I didn’t say nothing’ is a double negative because it contains two negative words, ‘n’t’ and ‘nothing’. This use is not considered correct in standard English. See related entries: Linguistic devices
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: double negative