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

 

double negative

 noun
noun
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(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