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Litotes

Litotes is the use of a negated antonym to make an understatement or to emphatically affirm the positive.

Examples:
Well, he’s not unattractive. (He is attractive.)
You won’t not receive the package. (You’ll receive the package.)

The word litotes is derived from the Greek word litos meaning “plain, small or meager.”

Posted because we all love finding a word for something we already know.

A Linguistics Note

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