privative term
Privative Priv"a*tive, n. [1913 Webster] 1. That of which the essence is the absence of something. [1913 Webster]

Blackness and darkness are indeed but privatives. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. (Logic) A term indicating the absence of any quality which might be naturally or rationally expected; -- called also {privative term}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Gram.) A privative prefix or suffix. See {Privative}, a., 3. [1913 Webster]


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