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

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Other Words from negativism

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

Examples of negativism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Mike Krukow’s better living through team chemistry inspired Joan Ryan’s book," 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, "After a rough and tumble 2017, Trump calls for bipartisanship, unity in 2018," 31 Jan. 2018 Surprisingly, that is saying quite a lot more than simple reductive negativism. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "President Nobama," 16 Jan. 2018 If Tebow does not in fact disagree with Jeffress on any of these points, then his decision looks like nothing more than craven capitulation to the nattering nabobs of negativism and intolerance. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "They Came to See Tim Tebow," 17 Aug. 2017 Yes, negativism begets hostility, but Jackson’s inflated paychecks demand greater professionalism. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "For Knicks, Professionalism Was Missing Way Before Derrick Rose Was," 10 Jan. 2017

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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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20 Jun 2020

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“Negativism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/negativism. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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