In logic and mathematics, negation, also called logical complement, is a unary logical connective. It is an operation on propositions, truth values, or semantic values more generally. Intuitively, the negation of a proposition is true when that proposition is false, and vice versa. In classical logic negation is normally identified with the truth function that takes truth to falsity and vice versa. In intuitionistic logic, according to the Brouwer–Heyting–Kolmogorov interpretation, the negation of a proposition p is the proposition whose proofs are the refutations of p. In Kripke semantics where the semantic values of formulae are sets of possible worlds, negation is set-theoretic complementation.
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—Herbert Hoover (18741964)
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