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negative

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adjective neg·a·tive \ˈne-gə-tiv\

Simple Definition of negative

  • : harmful or bad : not wanted

  • : thinking about the bad qualities of someone or something : thinking that a bad result will happen : not hopeful or optimistic

  • : expressing dislike or disapproval

Full Definition of negative

  1. 1 a :  marked by denial, prohibition, or refusal <received a negative answer>; also :  marked by absence, withholding, or removal of something positive <the negative motivation of shame — Garrett Hardin> b (1) :  denying a predicate of a subject or a part of a subject <“no A is B” is a negative proposition> (2) :  denoting the absence or the contradictory of something <nontoxic is a negative term> (3) :  expressing negation <negative particles such as no and not> c :  adverse, unfavorable <the reviews were mostly negative>

  2. 2 a :  lacking positive qualities; especially :  disagreeable b :  marked by features of hostility, withdrawal, or pessimism that hinder or oppose constructive treatment or development <a negative outlook> <negative criticism> c :  promoting a person or cause by criticizing or attacking the competition <ran a negative campaign> <negative advertising>

  3. 3 a (1) :  less than zero and opposite in sign to a positive number that when added to the given number yields zero <−2 is a negative number> (2) :  having more outgo than income :  constituting a loss <negative cash flow> <negative worth> b :  extending or generated in a direction opposite to an arbitrarily chosen regular direction or position <negative angle>

  4. 4 a :  being, relating to, or charged with electricity of which the electron is the elementary unit b :  having more electrons than protons <a negative ion> c (1) :  having lower electric potential and constituting the part toward which the current flows from the external circuit <the negative pole> (2) :  being the electron-emitting electrode of an electron tube

  5. 5 a :  not affirming the presence of a condition, substance, or organism suspected to be present; also :  having a test result indicating the absence especially of a condition, substance, or organism <she is HIV negative> b :  directed or moving away from a source of stimulation <negative tropism> c :  less than the pressure of the atmosphere <negative pressure>

  6. 6 :  having the light and dark parts in approximately inverse relation to those of the original photographic subject

  7. 7 of a lens :  diverging light rays and forming a virtual inverted image

neg·a·tive·ly adverb
neg·a·tive·ness noun
neg·a·tiv·i·ty play \ˌne-gə-ˈti-və-tē\ noun

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negative

noun neg·a·tive

Simple Definition of negative

  • : something that is harmful or bad

  • : a word or statement that means “no” or that expresses a denial or refusal

  • : an image on film that is used to make a printed photograph and that has light areas where the photograph will be dark and dark areas where the photograph will be light; also : the film that has such an image

Full Definition of negative

  1. 1 a (1) :  a reply that indicates the withholding of assent :  refusal (2) archaic :  a right of veto (3) obsolete :  an adverse vote :  veto b :  a proposition which denies or contradicts another; especially :  the one of a pair of propositions in which negation is expressed

  2. 2 a :  something that is the opposite or negation of something else b :  drawback, liability

  3. 3 a :  an expression (as the word no) of negation or denial b :  a negative number

  4. 4 :  the side that upholds the contradictory proposition in a debate

  5. 5 :  a negative photographic image on transparent material used for printing positive pictures; also :  the material that carries such an image

  6. 6 :  a reverse impression taken from a piece of sculpture or ceramics

  7. 7 :  a negative result (as of a test) <a high rate of false negatives>; also :  a test yielding such a result

Examples of negative

  1. No and not are negatives.

  2. Can I have the negatives to make copies of the photos?



1571

First Known Use of negative

1571


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negative

verb neg·a·tive

Definition of negative

negativednegativ·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to refuse assent to b :  to reject by or as if by a vote

  3. 2 :  to demonstrate the falsity of

  4. 3 :  to deny the truth, reality, or validity of

  5. 4 :  neutralize, counteract



Examples of negative

  1. <although the rebuttal was very eloquent, the jury negatived it in favor of the prosecution's argument>

  2. <we promptly negatived the idea of having pizza again for dinner, noting that we had already had it for three nights that week>



1706

First Known Use of negative

1706



NEGATIVE Defined for Kids

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negative

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adjective neg·a·tive \ˈne-gə-tiv\

Definition of negative

  1. 1 :  emphasizing the bad side of a person, situation, or thing <a negative attitude> <Whenever I ask her how she's doing, her reply is negative.>

  2. 2 :  not positive <His test results came back negative.>

  3. 3 :  less than zero and shown by a minus sign <−2 is a negative number.>

  4. 4 :  being the part toward which the electric current flows from the outside circuit <the negative pole of a storage battery>

  5. 5 :  of, being, or relating to electricity of which the electron is the unit and which is produced in a hard rubber rod that has been rubbed with wool <a negative charge>

  6. 6 :  having more electrons than protons <a negative particle>

neg·a·tive·ly adverb
neg·a·tiv·i·ty \ˌne-gə-ˈti-və-tē\ noun


Word Root of negative

The Latin word negāre, meaning “to deny” or “to say no,” and its form negātus give us the root neg. Words from the Latin negāre have something to do with saying no. Anything negative, such as a reply to a question, denies something or responds by saying no. To renege is to go back on, or deny, an agreement or promise. Even the last letters of deny, to declare something to be false, come from negāre.


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negative

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noun neg·a·tive

Definition of negative

  1. 1 :  a part of something which is harmful or bad <Consider the negatives of quitting school.>

  2. 2 :  an expression (as the word no) that denies or says the opposite

  3. 3 :  the side that argues or votes against something

  4. 4 :  a photographic image on film from which a final picture is made





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