Negative meaning

nĕg'ə-tĭv
A negative is defined as a person or thing that refuses or denies, or is undesirable, unwanted or disliked.

An example of a negative is the "no" response given by a person.

An example of a negative is a cab driver who gets lost all the time.

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A negative is defined as the reverse impression of something.

An example of a negative is the film strip that gets returned with photos printed from a 35mm film camera.

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To refuse to approve; veto.
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Of or relating to an ion, the anion, that is attracted to a positive electrode.
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Not indicating the presence of a particular disease, condition, or organism.
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The definition of negative is something that refuses or denies, a person or thing that is not positive, or the opposite of a positive electrical charge.

An example of negative is someone giving a "no" response to a party invitation.

An example of negative is a person with a "glass is half empty" view on life.

An example of negative is an electrical charge that is attracted to a positive charge.

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Containing, expressing, or implying a denial or refusal; that says “no”

A negative reply.

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A negative quantity.
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To deny; contradict.
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To counteract or neutralize.
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A statement or act indicating or expressing a contradiction, denial, or refusal.
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The side in a debate that contradicts or opposes the question being debated.
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To demonstrate to be false; disprove.
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Opposite to something regarded as positive.
  • Lacking in positive character or quality.
  • Lacking evidence, affirmation, etc.
  • Having the effect of diminishing, depriving, or denying.
  • Faultfinding, antagonistic, destructive, etc.
    negative criticism, a negative political campaign.
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An impression of something, as a sculpture, that shows it in reverse.
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Directed away from the source of a stimulus.

Negative tropism.

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Designating a quantity less than zero, or one to be subtracted; minus quantity.
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No; not so.
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A word, affix, phrase, etc. that denies, rejects, or refuses (Ex.: no, not, by no means)
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A statement of denial, refusal, or rejection.
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An undesirable element or quality; drawback, shortcoming, defect, etc.
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To counteract; neutralize.
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(grammar) A word that indicates negation.
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(mathematics) A negative quantity.
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(weightlifting): A rep performed with weight in which the muscle begins at maximum contraction and is slowly extended; a movement performed using only the eccentric phase of muscle movement.
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Not having or not demonstrating, showing, or proving the presence or existence of a condition, infection, symptoms, bacteria, etc.

A patient who is negative for TB; the X-rays were negative.

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Forming a virtual image by diverging light rays.
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Reversing the relation of light and shade of the subject.
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Lacking positive or constructive features, especially:
  • Unpleasant; disagreeable.
    Had a negative experience on his first job.
  • Gloomy; pessimistic.
    A negative outlook.
  • Unfavorable or detrimental.
    A negative review; a negative effect on the child's development.
  • Hostile or disparaging; malicious.
    Ran a negative campaign against her opponent.
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Designating a proposition that denies agreement between a subject and its predicate.
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Moving or turning away from a stimulus, such as light.

A negative tropism.

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Denying something about a subject.

“no reptiles are warmblooded” is a negative proposition.

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The point of view that denies or attacks the positive or affirmative.

The negative won the debate.

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The right of veto.
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A terminal, electrode, or plate having an excess of electrons flowing out toward a positive terminal, electrode, or plate, as in a storage battery or dry cell.
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A quantity less than zero, or one to be subtracted; minus quantity.
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An exposed and developed photographic film or plate on which light and shadow are the reverse of what they are in the positive printed from this.
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To deny; contradict.
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To prove false; disprove.
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No! not so!
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Marked by failure of response or absence of a reaction.
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Not indicating the presence of a particular disease, condition, or organism.
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Moving or turning away from a stimulus, such as light.
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Less than zero.
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Having the electric charge or voltage less than zero.
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Devoid of evidence of a suspected condition or disease, as a diagnostic test.
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Something with the same charge (
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(physics) Of electrical charge of an electron and related particles [from the 18th c.]
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(mathematics) Of number, less than zero.
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(linguistics, logic) Denying a proposition.
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Damaging; undesirable; unfavourable.
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Pessimistic; not tending to see the bright side of things. (Often used pejoratively.)
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Of or relating to a photographic image in which the colours of the original, and the relations of right and left, are reversed.
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(chemistry) Metalloidal; nonmetallic; contrasted with positive or basic.

The nitro group is negative.

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(New Age jargon) (pejorative) Bad, unwanted, disagreeable, potentially damaging, to be avoided, unpleasant, difficult, painful; (often precedes 'energy', 'feeling', 'emotion' or 'thought').
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Refusal or withholding of assents; veto, prohibition [from the 15th c.]
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(law) A right of veto.
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(photography) An image in which dark areas represent light ones, and the converse [from the 19th c.]
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The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
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A word or part of a word, such as no, not, or non-, that indicates negation.
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in the negative
  • In refusal or denial of a plan, suggestion, etc.
  • With a denial or negative answer.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in the negative

Origin of negative

  • Middle English from Old French negatif from Latin negātīvus from negātus past participle of negāre to deny negate
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin negativus (“that denies, negative"), from negare (“to deny"); see negate.
    From Wiktionary