# Introduction to Negation and the NOT Operator

In the previous post, we have learned the **difference between and and or**. And and or are called l**ogical operators**. Statements that are connected by logical operators are called **logical expressions**.

In this post, we are going to learn another logical operator which is a logical operator for negation.

*The negation of a given statement p is called not p, that if true, exactly expresses what it would mean to be false. *

The truth table of the NOT operator is shown below. As we can see, a true statement when negated is true, and a false statement when negated is true.

Note that the negation of a statement is simply putting the not operator in front of it and not finding the opposite word for it. For example, the negation of **beautiful** is **not beautiful**; we cannot negate beautiful with ugly.

If two logical expressions have the same truth values, then, they are said to be logically equivalent. For example, the expression p and not (not p) are logically equivalent as shown in the previous truth table.