Negate vs Nill - What's the difference?

negate | nill |

As verbs the difference between negate and nill

is that negate is to deny the existence, evidence, or truth of; to contradict while nill is to be unwilling; will not (+ infinitive ).

As a noun nill is

shining sparks thrown off from melted brass.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • To deny the existence, evidence, or truth of; to contradict.
  • The investigation tending to negate any supernatural influences.
  • To nullify or cause to be ineffective.
  • Progress on the study has been negated by the lack of funds.
  • To be negative; bring or cause negative results.
  • a pessimism that always negates
  • (computing) To perform the NOT operation on.
  • nill


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) nillen, from (etyl) nillan, nellan, . Cognate with (etyl) nelle.


  • To be unwilling; will not (+ infinitive ).
  • *1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queen) , III.v:
  • *:I here auow thee neuer to forsake. / Ill weares he armes, that nill them vse for Ladies sake.
  • *1600 , (Edward Fairfax), The (Jerusalem Delivered) of (w), XII, lxi:
  • *:What I nill tell you ask (quoth she) in vain, / Nor mov'd by prayer, nor constrain'd by power.
  • To be unwilling.
  • *:
  • *:So the knight of Ireland armed him at all points,, and rode after a great pace, as much as his horse might go; and within a little space on a mountain he had a sight of Balin, and with a loud voice he cried, Abide, knight, for ye shall abide whether ye will or nill , and the shield that is to-fore you shall not help.
  • *:• :
  • *::Soo the knyght of Irelonde armed hym at al poyntes /and rode after a grete paas as moche as his hors myght goo / and within a lytel space on a montayne he had a syghte of Balyn / and with a lowde voys he cryed abyde knyght / for ye shal abyde whether ye will or nyll / and the sheld that is to fore you shalle not helpe
  • *1955 , , (The Lord of the Rings) (Appendices):
  • *:I must indeed abide the Doom of Men, whether I will or I nill .
  • To reject, refuse, negate.
  • *1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queen) , II.vii:
  • *:Certes (said he) I n’ill thine offred grace, / Ne to be made so happy do intend.
  • Derived terms
    * willy-nilly

    Etymology 2

    Compare Irish and Gaelic (neul) star, light. Compare (nebula).


  • Shining sparks thrown off from melted brass.
  • Scales of hot iron from the forge.
  • (Knight)
    English auxiliary verbs