pho·​to·​neg·​a·​tive ˌfō-tō-ˈne-gə-tiv How to pronounce photonegative (audio)
: exhibiting negative phototropism or phototaxis

Examples of photonegative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stripped down and spray-painted matte white, the bike gave the eerie impression of being a photonegative, a visible absence. Rhoda Feng, The New Republic, 6 Apr. 2022 Where Moyn is driven by a photonegative of American exceptionalism—a sense that American power is a singular force of malignity in the world—Arkin is concerned that this perpetual-war machine is at odds with America’s strategic interests. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of photonegative was in 1914

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“Photonegative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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