The consideration of negative propositions and negative facts introduces further complications.
The fact that Socrates precedes Plato is symbolized in English by the fact that the word "precedes" occurs between the words "Socrates" and "Plato." But we cannot symbolize the fact that Plato does not precede Socrates by not putting the word "precedes" between "Plato" and "Socrates." A negative fact is not sensible, and language, being intended for communication, has to be sensible.
"What's the double negative?" he demanded; then added humbly, "You see, I don't even understand your explanations."
"A double negative is - let me see - well, you say, 'never helped nobody.' 'Never' is a negative.
After these tender contests and her victory she would go away by herself under the remotest cow, if at milking-time, or into the sedge, or into her room, if at a leisure interval, and mourn silently, not a minute after an apparently phlegmatic negative
"Is it really only negative
?" he repeated to himself.
They go out from the positive brush of the dynamo; there is a ground-connection through the negative brush; the other ends of the wire return to the cave, and each is grounded independently."
You don't want any ground-connection except the one through the negative brush.
The most important of them are: his exclusive right to make propositions to the diet; to negative
its resolutions; to name ambassadors; to confer dignities and titles; to fill vacant electorates; to found universities; to grant privileges not injurious to the states of the empire; to receive and apply the public revenues; and generally to watch over the public safety.
The executive magistrate has a qualified negative
on the legislative body, and the Senate, which is a part of the legislature, is a court of impeachment for members both of the executive and judiciary departments.
Prince Andrew had thought and said that happiness could only be negative
, but had said it with a shade of bitterness and irony as though he was really saying that all desire for positive happiness is implanted in us merely to torment us and never be satisfied.
Frank is a compound of negatives
-- and there they are."