# Negative quantity

Related to Negative quantity: Scalar quantity
 (Alg.) a quantity preceded by the negative sign, or which stands in the relation indicated by this sign to some other quantity. See Negative sign (below).

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The concerted attempt to quantify Bums as a negative quantity is one of the more enduring features of MacDiarmidism.
The interim parliamentary budget committee approved amendments to the Credit Institutions Act, obligating Bulgaria's Central bank (BNB) to save banks whose capital becomes a negative quantity, reports the bTV national channel.
The GERB MPs who tabled the amendments proposedA the removal of the so-called aautomationa, meaning that BNB must automatically take away the license of a bank whose capital has become a negative quantity.
Negative quantities are not allowed, so your sales quantity will be 0 if the formula yields a negative quantity.
The negative spacetime dimensions of the negative universe implies that distance in space, which is a positive scalar quantity in our (positive) universe, is a negative scalar quantity in the negative universe, and that interval of time, which is a positive quantity in the positive universe is a negative quantity in the negative universe; (it does not connote going to the past in our time dimension).
Likewise, if the interval of positive time dimension ct between point O and point B is the positive quantity c[DELTA]t, then the interval of the negative time dimension - c[t.sup.*] between point [O.sup.*] and point [B.sup.*] is the negative quantity - c[DELTA][t.sup.*], since intervals of time are negative quantities in the negative universe.
If an output has the opposite effect, if it decreases health, its intrinsic value is a negative quantity. Intrinsic value is used to judge an economy's production.
By default, ORL is defined as a positive quantity, and reflectance is defined as a negative quantity. The greater the reflection is, the smaller the absolute value of the reading.
The fact that we must let m [right arrow] - [m.sup.*] in (22) to arrive at (23) implies that mass is a negative quantity in the negative universe.
Unfortunately, there seems to be no economic meaning for a negative quantity of a nonmarket good that reflects feelings such as discrimination or nepotism.(7) ST could have avoided the problem by defining the nonmarket goods so that, when D/E [greater than] [Beta], [Phi](D/E) [equivalent to] [Beta] by definition and d [equivalent to] 0, and when N/E [less than] [Omega], [Phi](N/E) [equivalent to] [Omega] by definition and n [equivalent to] 0.

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