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neg·a·tive

 (nĕg′ə-tĭv)
adj.
1.
a. Expressing, containing, or consisting of a negation, refusal, or denial: gave a negative answer to our request.
b. Indicating opposition or resistance: a negative reaction to the new advertising campaign.
2. Lacking positive or constructive features, especially:
a. Unpleasant; disagreeable: had a negative experience on his first job.
b. Gloomy; pessimistic: a negative outlook.
c. Unfavorable or detrimental: a negative review; a negative effect on the child's development.
d. Hostile or disparaging; malicious: ran a negative campaign against her opponent.
3. Medicine Not indicating the presence of a particular disease, condition, or organism.
4. Philosophy Of or relating to non-being or the absence of qualities rather than being or the possession of qualities: the purely negative virtue of unselfishness.
5. Logic Designating a proposition that denies agreement between a subject and its predicate.
6. Mathematics
a. Of or relating to a quantity less than zero.
b. Of or relating to the sign (-).
c. Of or relating to a quantity to be subtracted from another.
d. Of or relating to a quantity, number, angle, velocity, or direction in a sense opposite to another of the same magnitude indicated or understood to be positive.
7. Physics
a. Of or relating to an electric charge of the same sign as that of an electron, indicated by the symbol (-).
b. Of or relating to a body that has more electrons than protons.
8. Chemistry Of or relating to an ion, the anion, that is attracted to a positive electrode.
9. Biology Moving or turning away from a stimulus, such as light: a negative tropism.
n.
1. A statement or act indicating or expressing a contradiction, denial, or refusal.
2.
a. A statement or act that is highly critical of another or of others: campaign advertising that was based solely on negatives.
b. Something that lacks all positive, affirmative, or encouraging features; an element that is the counterpoint of the positive: "Life is full of overwhelming odds. You can't really eliminate the negatives but you can diminish them" (Art Linkletter).
c. A feature or characteristic that is not deemed positive, affirmative, or desirable: "As voters get to know his liberal views, his negatives will rise" (Richard M. Nixon).
3. Grammar A word or part of a word, such as no, not, or non-, that indicates negation. See Usage Note at double negative.
4. The side in a debate that contradicts or opposes the question being debated.
5.
a. An image in which the light areas of the object rendered appear dark and the dark areas appear light.
b. A film, plate, or other photographic material containing such an image.
6. Mathematics A negative quantity.
tr.v. neg·a·tived, neg·a·tiv·ing, neg·a·tives
1. To refuse to approve; veto.
2. To deny; contradict.
3. To demonstrate to be false; disprove.
4. To counteract or neutralize.

[Middle English, from Old French negatif, from Latin negātīvus, from negātus, past participle of negāre, to deny; see negate.]

neg′a·tive·ly adv.
neg′a·tive·ness, neg′a·tiv′i·ty (-tĭv′ĭ-tē) n.

negative

(ˈnɛɡətɪv)
adj
1. expressing or meaning a refusal or denial: a negative answer.
2. lacking positive or affirmative qualities, such as enthusiasm, interest, or optimism
3. showing or tending towards opposition or resistance
4.
a. measured in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
b. having the same magnitude but opposite sense to an equivalent positive quantity
5. (Biology) biology indicating movement or growth away from a particular stimulus: negative geotropism.
6. (Medicine) med (of the results of a diagnostic test) indicating absence of the disease or condition for which the test was made
7. (Mathematics) another word for minus3b, minus5
8. (General Physics) physics
a. (of an electric charge) having the same polarity as the charge of an electron
b. (of a body, system, ion, etc) having a negative electric charge; having an excess of electrons
c. (of a point in an electric circuit) having a lower electrical potential than some other point with an assigned zero potential
9. (Chemistry) short for electronegative
10. (General Physics) short for electronegative
11. (Photography) of or relating to a photographic negative
12. (Logic) logic (of a categorial proposition) denying the satisfaction by the subject of the predicate, as in some men are irrational; no pigs have wings
13. (Astrology) astrology of, relating to, or governed by the signs of the zodiac of the earth and water classifications, which are thought to be associated with a receptive passive nature
14. (Biochemistry) short for Rh negative
n
15. a statement or act of denial, refusal, or negation
16. a negative person or thing
17. (Photography) photog a piece of photographic film or a plate, previously exposed and developed, showing an image that, in black-and-white photography, has a reversal of tones. In colour photography the image is in complementary colours to the subject so that blue sky appears yellow, green grass appears purple, etc
18. (General Physics) physics a negative object, such as a terminal or a plate in a voltaic cell
19. (Linguistics) a sentence or other linguistic element with a negative meaning, as the English word not
20. (Mathematics) a quantity less than zero or a quantity to be subtracted
21. (Logic) logic a negative proposition
22. archaic the right of veto
23. in the negative indicating denial or refusal
sentence substitute
(Military) (esp in military communications) a signal code word for no1
vb (tr)
24. to deny or nullify; negate
25. to show to be false; disprove
26. to refuse to consent to or approve of: the proposal was negatived.
ˈnegatively adv
ˈnegativeness, ˌnegaˈtivity n

neg•a•tive

(ˈnɛg ə tɪv)

adj., n., adv., v. -tived, -tiv•ing,
interj. adj.
1. expressing or containing negation or denial: a negative response to the question.
2. refusing consent, as to a proposal: a negative reply to my request.
3. expressing refusal or resistance: a negative attitude about cooperating.
4. unfavorable: negative criticism.
5. prohibitory, as a command or order.
6. lacking positive attributes (opposed to positive): a negative character.
7. lacking in constructiveness, helpfulness, optimism, or the like: a negative approach to problem solving.
8. being without rewards, results, or effectiveness: a search of the premises proved negative.
9. Math.
a. involving or noting subtraction; minus.
b. measured or proceeding in the direction opposite to that which is considered as positive.
10. Photog. noting an image in which the brightness values of the subject are reproduced so that the lightest areas are shown as the darkest.
11.
a. of or pertaining to the electric charge of a body that has an excess of electrons.
b. (of a point in a circuit) having lower potential, therefore drawing the flow of current.
12. Med. failing to show a positive result in a diagnostic test.
13. Chem. (of an element or group) tending to gain electrons and become negatively charged; acid.
14. Physiol. responding in a direction away from the stimulus.
15. of, pertaining to, or noting the S pole of a magnet.
16. Logic. (of a proposition) denying the truth of the predicate with regard to the subject.
n.
17. a negative statement, answer, word, gesture, etc.: The ship signaled back a negative.
18. a refusal of assent: to answer a request with a negative.
19. the negative form of statement.
20. one or more persons arguing against a resolution, statement, etc., esp. a team in a formal debate.
21. a negative quality or characteristic.
22. disadvantage; drawback: a brilliant plan with only one negative.
23. Math.
a. a minus sign.
b. a negative quantity or symbol.
24. Photog. a negative image, as on a film, used chiefly for making positives.
25. Archaic. a veto, or right of veto.
adv.
26. (used to indicate a negative response): “You won't come with us?” “Negative.”
v.t.
27. to deny; contradict.
28. to refute or disprove (something).
29. to refuse assent or consent to; veto.
30. to neutralize or counteract.
interj.
31. (used to indicate disagreement, denial of permission, etc.)
[1350–1400; Middle English negatif < Middle French < Latin negātīvus denying]
neg′a•tive•ly, adv.

neg·a·tive

(nĕg′ə-tĭv)
1. Less than zero, as -3.
2. Having the electric charge of an electron. The symbol for a negative charge is a minus sign.
3. Having more electrons than protons. Negatively charged bodies, such as atoms or molecules, repel other negatively charged bodies but attract positively charged bodies.
4. Not showing the presence of a suspected disease or microorganism, as in a blood test.

negative


Past participle: negatived
Gerund: negativing

Imperative
negative
negative
Present
I negative
you negative
he/she/it negatives
we negative
you negative
they negative
Preterite
I negatived
you negatived
he/she/it negatived
we negatived
you negatived
they negatived
Present Continuous
I am negativing
you are negativing
he/she/it is negativing
we are negativing
you are negativing
they are negativing
Present Perfect
I have negatived
you have negatived
he/she/it has negatived
we have negatived
you have negatived
they have negatived
Past Continuous
I was negativing
you were negativing
he/she/it was negativing
we were negativing
you were negativing
they were negativing
Past Perfect
I had negatived
you had negatived
he/she/it had negatived
we had negatived
you had negatived
they had negatived
Future
I will negative
you will negative
he/she/it will negative
we will negative
you will negative
they will negative
Future Perfect
I will have negatived
you will have negatived
he/she/it will have negatived
we will have negatived
you will have negatived
they will have negatived
Future Continuous
I will be negativing
you will be negativing
he/she/it will be negativing
we will be negativing
you will be negativing
they will be negativing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been negativing
you have been negativing
he/she/it has been negativing
we have been negativing
you have been negativing
they have been negativing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been negativing
you will have been negativing
he/she/it will have been negativing
we will have been negativing
you will have been negativing
they will have been negativing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been negativing
you had been negativing
he/she/it had been negativing
we had been negativing
you had been negativing
they had been negativing
Conditional
I would negative
you would negative
he/she/it would negative
we would negative
you would negative
they would negative
Past Conditional
I would have negatived
you would have negatived
he/she/it would have negatived
we would have negatived
you would have negatived
they would have negatived

negative

A photographic image, plate, or film in which the actual light areas appear dark and vice versa.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.negative - a reply of denial; "he answered in the negative"
denial - the act of refusing to comply (as with a request); "it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"
no - a negative; "his no was loud and clear"
nay - a negative; "the nays have it"
double negative - a grammatically substandard but emphatic negative; "I don't never go"
affirmative - a reply of affirmation; "he answered in the affirmative"
2.negative - a piece of photographic film showing an image with light and shade or colors reversed
photographic film, film - photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies
Verb1.negative - vote againstnegative - vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent; "The President vetoed the bill"
controvert, contradict, oppose - be resistant to; "The board opposed his motion"
vote down, vote out, defeat, kill, shoot down - thwart the passage of; "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"
Adj.1.negative - characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features; "a negative outlook on life"; "a colorless negative personality"; "a negative evaluation"; "a negative reaction to an advertising campaign"
destructive - causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"
pessimistic - expecting the worst possible outcome
unsupportive - not furnishing support or assistance
neutral - possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics
positive - characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.; "a positive attitude"; "the reviews were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive demand"
2.negative - expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial
unfavorable, unfavourable - not encouraging or approving or pleasing; "unfavorable conditions"; "an unfavorable comparison"; "unfavorable comments", "unfavorable impression"
disinclined - unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval; "disinclined to say anything to anybody"
affirmative, affirmatory - affirming or giving assent; "an affirmative decision"; "affirmative votes"
3.negative - having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant; "ran a negative campaign"; "delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"
bad - having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"
4.negative - not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition; "the HIV test was negative"
medical specialty, medicine - the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
confirming, positive - indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen; "a positive pregnancy test"
5.negative - reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive; "negative interest rates"
positive - reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion; "positive increase in graduating students"
6.negative - less than zero; "a negative number"
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
minus - on the negative side or lower end of a scale; "minus 5 degrees"; "a grade of B minus"
7.negative - designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions; "negative criticism"
destructive - causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"
8.negative - having a negative charge; "electrons are negative"
charged - of a particle or body or system; having a net amount of positive or negative electric charge; "charged particles"; "a charged battery"
9.negative - involving disadvantage or harm; "minus (or negative) factors"
disadvantageous - constituting a disadvantage

negative

adjective
1. neutralizing, invalidating, annulling, nullifying, counteractive This will have a very serious negative effect on economic recovery.
2. pessimistic, cynical, unwilling, gloomy, antagonistic, jaundiced, uncooperative, contrary There's no point in going along to an interview with a negative attitude.
pessimistic positive, optimistic, enthusiastic, cheerful
3. dissenting, contradictory, refusing, denying, rejecting, opposing, resisting, contrary Dr. Velayati gave a vague but negative response.
dissenting positive, approving, affirmative, concurring, assenting
noun
1. denial, no, refusal, rejection, contradiction We were fobbed off with a crisp negative.

negative

adjective
Tending to discourage, retard, or make more difficult:
verb
1. To prevent or forbid authoritatively:
Slang: nix.
Idiom: turn thumbs down on.
2. To refuse to admit the truth, reality, value, or worth of:
Law: traverse.
Translations
سالِبسَلْبيسَلْبِيٌّسَلبِيٌّصورَه سَلْبِيَّه
záporzápornýnegativnegativní
negativnægtelse
kieltävä vastausnegatiivinen
negativanniječnica
elutasítónemlegestagadószó
negatífaneikvæîurneikvæîur, mínus-neikvæîur, neikvæî hleîslaneitandi, neikvæîur
否定の否定の答え
부정적인부정적인 말(태도)
negatyvasnegatyviainegatyvusneigiamaineiginys
negatīvsnegatīvs, mīnus-negatīvs, noraidošsnoliedzošsnoliegums
negatívzápor
negativnegativennikalennikalnica
negativnekande
คำปฏิเสธที่เป็นด้านลบ
olumsuzolumsuz sözcüksıfırdan küçükeksinegatif
lời từ chốitiêu cực

negative

[ˈnegətɪv]
A. ADJ (all senses) → negativo
a negative answer or reply or responseuna negativa, una respuesta negativa
the test proved negativeel análisis dio negativo
negative cash flowliquidez f negativa
negative feedbackreacción f desfavorable
B. N
1. (= negative reply) → negativa f
he answered in the negativecontestó negativamente, contestó que no
2. (Ling) → negación f
in the negativeen negativo
3. (Phot) → negativo m
4. (Elec) → polo m negativo
C. VT (= veto) → poner veto a; (= vote down) → rechazar, desaprobar; [+ statement] → negar, desmentir; [+ effect] → anular

negative

[ˈnɛgətɪv]
n
[photo] → négatif m
(= word) → négation f
to answer in the negative → répondre par la négative
adj
(= bad) [fact, situation, experience, effect] → négatif/ive
All this had an extremely negative effect on teachers → Tout ceci a eu un effet extrêmement négatif sur les enseignants.
(= unfavourable) [view] → négatif/ive
[response, answer] → négatif/ive
We expected to receive a negative answer → Nous nous attendions à recevoir une réponse négative.
[person, attitude] → négatif/ive
He's got a very negative attitude → Il a une attitude très négative.
Why do you have to be so negative about everything? → Pourquoi devez-vous être si négatif en toutes choses?
[result, test] → négatif/ive
The pregnancy test proved negative → Le test de grossesse s'est avéré négatif.
to have a negative result → être testé négatif
I had a negative result for HIV → J'ai été testé séronégatif.
[electron, charge] → négatif/ive
[number, score] → négatif/ivenegative equity n situation dans laquelle la valeur d'une maison est inférieure à celle de l'emprunt-logement contracté pour la payer

negative

adjnegativ; answerverneinend; (Gram) formverneint; negative ionAnion nt; negative cash flow (Fin) → Überhang mder Zahlungsausgänge; negative campaigning (Pol) negativer Wahlkampf; negative voteGegenstimme f; I got a negative reply to my requestich habe auf meinen Antrag einen abschlägigen Bescheid bekommen
n
(also Gram) → Verneinung f; to answer in the negativeeine verneinende Antwort geben; (= say no)mit Nein antworten; (= refuse)einen abschlägigen Bescheid geben; his answer was a curt negativeer antwortete mit einem knappen Nein; put this sentence into the negativeverneinen Sie diesen Satz; how do you express this statement in the negative?wie drückt man diesen Satz verneint or in der Verneinungsform aus?
(Gram: = word) → Verneinungswort nt, → Negation f; (Math) → negative Zahl; two negatives make a positive (Math) → zweimal minus gibt plus
(Phot) → Negativ nt
(Elec) → negativer Pol
interjnein
vt amendment, planablehnen; statementnegieren

negative

[ˈnɛgətɪv]
1. adjnegativo/a
2. n
a. (answer) his answer was a firm negativeha risposto con un fermo no or con un fermo diniego
an answer in the negative → una risposta negativa
to answer in the negative → rispondere negativamente or di no
b. (Gram) → negazione f
to put a sentence into the negative → mettere una frase in forma negativa
c. (Phot) → negativa, negativo
d. (Elec) → polo negativo

negative

(ˈnegətiv) adjective
1. meaning or saying `no'; denying something. a negative answer.
2. expecting to fail. a negative attitude.
3. less than zero. –4 is a negative or minus number.
4. having more electrons than normal. The battery has a negative and a positive terminal.
noun
1. a word etc by which something is denied. `No' and `never' are negatives.
2. the photographic film, from which prints are made, on which light and dark are reversed. I gave away the print, but I still have the negative.
ˈnegatively adverb

negative

سَلْبِيٌّ, سَلبِيٌّ negativní, zápor negativ Negativ αρνητικό, αρνητικός negación, negativo kieltävä vastaus, negatiivinen négatif, négation negativan, niječnica negativo 否定の, 否定の答え 부정적인, 부정적인 말(태도) negatief, ontkenning negativ negatywny, przeczenie negativo негативный, негативный ответ negativ, nekande คำปฏิเสธ, ที่เป็นด้านลบ olumsuz lời từ chối, tiêu cực 否定词, 负面的

neg·a·tive

a. negativo-a;
___ culturecultivo ___;
adv. negativamente.

negative

adj & n negativo; false — falso negativo; true — verdadero negativo
References in classic literature ?
She could not be negative or perfunctory about anything.
As concerned her own individual existence, she had long ago decided in the negative, and dismissed the point as settled.
she returned, almost with the full privilege of childish inconsequence, resentfully, though with a long sweetness in her little drawl of the negative.
But even had this not been the case, he would not after all, perhaps, have boarded her --judging by his subsequent conduct on similar occasions --if so it had been that, by the process of hailing, he had obtained a negative answer to the question he put.
And whatever they may reveal of the divine love in the Son, the soft, curled, hermaphroditical Italian pictures, in which his idea has been most successfully embodied; these pictures, so destitute as they are of all brawniness, hint nothing of any power, but the mere negative, feminine one of submission and endurance, which on all hands it is conceded, form the peculiar practical virtues of his teachings.
I have pointed out some of the negative wastes of competition," answered the other.
What we call knowledge is often our positive ignorance; ignorance our negative knowledge.
I start twelve immensely strong wires -- naked, not insulated -- from a big dynamo in the cave -- dynamo with no brushes except a positive and a negative one --"
Perkins if they could call at just a few houses coming and going, and sell a little soap for the Simpsons, she at first replied decidedly in the negative.
I have been frequently asked, when a slave, if I had a kind master, and do not remember ever to have given a negative answer; nor did I, in pursuing this course, consider myself as uttering what was absolutely false; for I always measured the kind- ness of my master by the standard of kindness set up among slaveholders around us.
The emphatic horse, cut short by the whip in a most decided negative, made a decided scramble for it, and the three other horses followed suit.
ought to have been `Yes;' inasmuch as an answer in the negative was sufficient to have diverted their thoughts from Mr Scrooge, supposing they had ever had any tendency that way.