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negatives

noun
plural of negative

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(Entry 1 of 2)

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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negatives

verb
present tense third-person singular of negative

Synonyms & Antonyms of negatives (Entry 2 of 2)

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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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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“Negatives.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/negatives. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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