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negative

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of negative

  1. 1 marked by opposition or ill will <classes that hopefully will change the negative attitude that some students have toward the recent immigrants> Synonyms adversarial, adversary, antagonistic, antipathetic, inhospitable, inimical, jaundiced, mortal, hostile, unfriendly, unsympatheticRelated Words adverse, argumentative, bellicose, belligerent, clashing, combative, conflicting, contentious, contrary, disputatious, militant, opposed, pugnacious, quarrelsome, resisting, scrappy, truculent; antisocial, cold, cool, disagreeable, disapproving, distant, frigid, icy; biased, prejudiced; discourteous, ill-bred, ill-mannered, impertinent, impolite, inconsiderate, rude, surly, uncivil, unfavorable, unkind, unmannerly, unpleasant, unsociable; acrimonious, bitter, despiteful, hateful, malevolent, malicious, malign, malignant, opprobrious, rancorous, spiteful, unloving, vindictive, virulentNear Antonyms affable, amiable, amicable, civil, companionable, comradely, convivial, cordial, genial, good-natured, good-tempered, gracious, gregarious, neighborly, pleasant, sociable, social, warm; affectionate, devoted, kind, kindly, loving, nice, sweet; accepting, agreeable, approving, benign, empathetic, favorable, understanding, warmhearted, welcomingAntonyms friendly, hospitable, nonantagonistic, nonhostile, sympathetic

  2. 2 opposed to one's interests <the almost universally negative reaction to the book> Synonyms counter, disadvantageous, hostile, inimical, adverse, prejudicial, unfavorable, unfriendly, unsympathetic, untowardRelated Words bad, baleful, baneful, evil; damaging, deleterious, destructive, detrimental, fatal, harmful, hurtful, ill, injurious, lethal, malignant, murderous, noxious, pernicious, poisonous, ruinous, threatening, troublesome, unhealthy, wounding; dangerous, hazardous, imperiling (or imperilling), jeopardizing, parlous, perilous, risky, unsafe; calumnious, defamatory, detractive, offensive, scathing, slanderous; antagonistic, antipathetic, inhospitable, intolerant, uncongenial, uncooperative; competing, conflicting, counteracting, countering, opposing, resistant, resistingNear Antonyms beneficial, good, helpful, propitious, useful; harmless, innocent, innocuous, inoffensive, nondestructive, nonfatal, nonlethal, nonthreatening; unresistant; tolerant, understanding; affable, agreeable, amiable, amicable, benign, benignant, complying, congenial, cordial, friendly, hospitableAntonyms advantageous, favorable, friendly, positive, supportive, sympathetic, well-disposed




negative

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of negative

  1. 1 a vote or decision against something <in the absence of an unambiguous negative from the commander, we decided to continue on the mission> Synonyms nay, no, non placetRelated Words con; blackball, veto; denial, negation, refusalNear Antonyms pro; acceptance, approval, graceAntonyms positive, yea, yes

  2. 2 something that is as different as possible from something else <the desire to control another person is actually the negative of real love> Synonyms antipode, antithesis, contrary, counter, opposite, obverse, reverseRelated Words negation; antonym; counterpoint; converse, inverse, mirror imageNear Antonyms synonym; analogue (or analog), counterpart; carbon copy, copy, duplicate, replica

  3. 3 a feature of someone or something that creates difficulty for achieving success <the main negative of this job is that I have to get up at 4:30 a.m.> Synonyms debit, disbenefit, downside, drawback, handicap, incommodity, liability, minus, disadvantage, strikeRelated Words albatross, millstone, stranglehold; disability, impairment; failing, shortcoming; bar, catch, check, clog, crimp, embarrassment, hindrance, hitch, hurdle, impediment, interference, let, manacle, obstacle, obstruction, rub, shackle, stop, trammelNear Antonyms vantage; head start, jump, lead, margin, start; ascendancy (also ascendency), better, command, control, drop, mastery, predominance, superiority, supremacy, transcendence, upper hand; prerogative, privilege; break, opportunity; aid, assistance, helpAntonyms advantage, asset, edge, plus




negative

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of negative

  1. 1 to reject by or as if by a vote <although the rebuttal was very eloquent, the jury negatived it in favor of the prosecution's argument> <we promptly negatived the idea of having pizza again for dinner, noting that we had already had it for three nights that week> Synonyms blackball, down, kill, nix, shoot down, veto Related Words decline, disallow, disapprove, dismiss, refuse; blacklist Near Antonyms admit, allow, approve, assent (to), pass, sanction; elect, support Antonyms confirm, ratify

  2. 2 to declare not to be true <the governor's press secretary promptly negatived the rumor that he was not intending to run for reelection> Synonyms contradict, disaffirm, disallow, disavow, disclaim, disconfirm, disown, gainsay, negate, deny, refute, reject, repudiateRelated Words traverse; challenge, confute, disprove, rebut; disagree (with), disputeNear Antonyms accept, adopt, embrace, espouse; affirm, announce, assert, aver, claim, declare, maintain, profess, submit; authenticate, corroborate, substantiate, validate, verifyAntonyms acknowledge, admit, allow, avow, concede, confirm, own

  3. 3 to show unwillingness to accept, do, engage in, or agree to <even though I had originally negatived the invitation, Mom thought I should go anyway> Synonyms balk (at), deselect, disapprove, decline, nix, pass, pass up, refuse, reject, reprobate, repudiate, spurn, throw out, throw over, turn downRelated Words blow off, disdain, rebuff, scorn, scout, shoot down; overrule, veto; forbid, prohibit, proscribe; dismiss, ignore; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from); deny, disavow, disclaim, dispute, gainsay; stick; abjure, forswear (also foreswear), recant, renounce, retract, take back, unsay, withdraw; avoid, bypass, detour; contradict, deny, disown, negate; controvert, disagree (with), disprove, dispute, rebut, refute; back down, back off, backtrack; disallow, recall, renege, revokeNear Antonyms condone, countenance, swallow, tolerate; adopt, embrace, receive, take, welcome; accede, acquiesce, agree, assent, consent; choose, handpick, select; espouse, supportAntonyms accept, agree (to), approve

  4. 4 to balance with an equal force so as to make ineffective <no amount of flattery is likely to negative that overheard insult> Synonyms annul, cancel (out), compensate (for), correct, counteract, counterbalance, counterpoise, make up (for), offset, neutralizeRelated Words invalidate, negate, neuter, nullify; atone (for); outbalance, outweigh, redeem; redress, relieve, remedy; override, overrule

  5. 5 to be unwilling to grant <ultimately, we negatived the request for a personal loan> Synonyms decline, disallow, disapprove, deny, nix, refuse, reject, reprobate, withholdRelated Words ban, enjoin, forbid, prohibit, proscribe, veto; rebuff, repel, spurn; check, constrain, curb, hold, keep, repress, restrain, restrict; balk (at), hinder, impede, obstructNear Antonyms afford, furnish, give, provide, supply; authorize, commission, license (also licence); accede (to), acquiesce, agree (to), assent (to), consent (to), warrant; accord, sanction, vouchsafeAntonyms allow, concede, grant, let, OK (or okay), permit





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