double negative
Definition - Using two forms of negation in the same clause or sentence.

Example -

(1) When the double negative intensifies the negation, the phenomenon is called negative concord, e.g. "I ain't no loveboy" (= I'm not a loverboy).

(2) When the double negative cancels the negation, the phenomenon is called litotes, e.g. "He's not unkind" (= He's sort of kind).



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