negativism

noun
neg·​a·​tiv·​ism | \ ˈne-gə-ti-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce negativism (audio) \

Definition of negativism

1 : an attitude of mind marked by skepticism especially about nearly everything affirmed by others
2 : a tendency to refuse to do, to do the opposite of, or to do something at variance with what is asked

Other Words from negativism

negativist \ ˈne-​gə-​ti-​vist How to pronounce negativism (audio) \ noun or adjective
negativistic \ ˌne-​gə-​ti-​ˈvi-​stik How to pronounce negativism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of negativism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There have not been as many nattering nabobs of negativism around Belichick since the days after the Chiefs pantsed the Patriots, 41-14, on national television in Week 4 of the 2014 season. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2022 The winner will be the side that is best able to withstand these drumbeats of negativism. David A. Andelman, CNN, 12 Sep. 2022 The upbeat tone and pervasive kindness of this comedy has elicited raves at a time when negativism surrounds us. Jeanne Jakle, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Dec. 2021 But along with the unfortunate social negativism, there came a fierce pride in America and it’s history. Steve West, sun-sentinel.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Toxic divisions, fractured communities, anger, negativism. Alan J. Borsuk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Aug. 2021 Krukow’s first big-league experience was in 1976 with the Chicago Cubs, where corners were being cut, morale dipped, and negativism pervaded the team. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, 7 June 2020 All those nattering nabobs of negativism in the press were certainly guaranteed to give this speech the back of the hand, right? Jamie Dupree, AJC.com, 31 Jan. 2018 Surprisingly, that is saying quite a lot more than simple reductive negativism. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 16 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of negativism

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for negativism

negative entry 1 + -ism

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25 Sep 2022

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“Negativism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/negativism. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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negativism

noun
neg·​a·​tiv·​ism | \ ˈneg-ət-iv-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce negativism (audio) \

Medical Definition of negativism

1 : an attitude of mind marked by skepticism about nearly everything affirmed by others
2 : a tendency to refuse to do, to do the opposite of, or to do something at variance with what is asked

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