elec·​tro·​neg·​a·​tive i-ˌlek-trō-ˈne-gə-tiv How to pronounce electronegative (audio)
: having a tendency to attract electrons
electronegativity noun

Examples of electronegative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fluoride—an aggressively electronegative atom with an extra electron—has been singled out for scrutiny with a smear campaign. Kyle Hill, Discover Magazine, 22 May 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of electronegative was in 1813

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“Electronegative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electronegative. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


elec·​tro·​neg·​a·​tive i-ˌlek-trō-ˈneg-ət-iv How to pronounce electronegative (audio)
: charged with negative electricity
: having a tendency to attract electrons
electronegativity noun
plural electronegativities
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