negative pregnant


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Negative \Neg"a*tive\ (n[e^]g"[.a]*t[i^]v), n. [Cf. F.
   n['e]gative.]
   1. A proposition by which something is denied or forbidden; a
      conception or term formed by prefixing the negative
      particle to one which is positive; an opposite or
      contradictory term or conception.
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            This is a known rule in divinity, that there is no
            command that runs in negatives but couches under it
            a positive duty.                      --South.
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   2. A word used in denial or refusal; as, not, no.
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   Note: In Old England two or more negatives were often joined
         together for the sake of emphasis, whereas now such
         expressions are considered ungrammatical, being chiefly
         heard in iliterate speech. A double negative is now
         sometimes used as nearly or quite equivalent to an
         affirmative.
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               No wine ne drank she, neither white nor red.
                                                  --Chaucer.
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               These eyes that never did nor never shall
               So much as frown on you.           --Shak.
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   3. The refusal or withholding of assents; veto.
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            If a kind without his kingdom be, in a civil sense,
            nothing, then . . . his negative is as good as
            nothing.                              --Milton.
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   4. That side of a question which denies or refuses, or which
      is taken by an opposing or denying party; the relation or
      position of denial or opposition; as, the question was
      decided in the negative.
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   5. (Photog.) A picture upon glass or other material, in which
      the light portions of the original are represented in some
      opaque material (usually reduced silver), and the dark
      portions by the uncovered and transparent or
      semitransparent ground of the picture.
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   Note: A negative is chiefly used for producing photographs by
         means of passing light through it and acting upon
         sensitized paper, thus producing on the paper a
         positive picture.
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   6. (Elect.) The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic
      cell.
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   Negative pregnant (Law), a negation which implies an
      affirmation.
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