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negative

adjective

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negative

noun

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1 a vote or decision against something
  • in the absence of an unambiguous negative from the commander, we decided to continue on the mission

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2 something that is as different as possible from something else
  • the desire to control another person is actually the negative of real love

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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.

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negative

verb

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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

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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

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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

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4 to balance with an equal force so as to make ineffective
  • no amount of flattery is likely to negative that overheard insult

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5 to be unwilling to grant
  • ultimately, we negatived the request for a personal loan

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The first known use of negative was in the 15th century

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“Negative.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/negative. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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