negative


1neg·a·tive

adjective \ˈne-gə-tiv\

: 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
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
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
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
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
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
:  having the light and dark parts in approximately inverse relation to those of the original photographic subject
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 \ˌne-gə-ˈti-və-tē\ noun

Examples of NEGATIVE

  1. Car exhaust has a negative effect on the environment.
  2. the negative effects of the drug
  3. The feedback about the new product was all negative.

First Known Use of NEGATIVE

15th century

2negative

noun

: 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
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
a :  something that is the opposite or negation of something else
b :  drawback, liability
3
a :  an expression (as the word no) of negation or denial
b :  a negative number
4
:  the side that upholds the contradictory proposition in a debate
5
:  a negative photographic image on transparent material used for printing positive pictures; also :  the material that carries such an image
6
:  a reverse impression taken from a piece of sculpture or ceramics
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?

First Known Use of NEGATIVE

1571

Related to NEGATIVE

Synonyms
nay, no, non placet
Antonyms
positive, yea, yes

3negative

verb
negativednegativ·ing

Definition of NEGATIVE

transitive verb
1
a :  to refuse assent to
b :  to reject by or as if by a vote
2
:  to demonstrate the falsity of
3
:  to deny the truth, reality, or validity of

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>

First Known Use of NEGATIVE

1706

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