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1. Having a negative electric charge.
2. Tending to attract electrons to form a chemical bond.
3. Capable of acting as a negative electrode.
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1. (General Physics) having a negative electric charge
2. (Chemistry) (of an atom, group, molecule, etc) tending to gain or attract electrons and form negative ions or polarized bonds. Compare electropositive
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(ɪˌlɛk troʊˈnɛg ə tɪv)
1. containing negative electricity; tending to migrate to the positive pole in electrolysis.
2. assuming negative potential when in contact with a dissimilar substance.
e•lec`tro•neg`a•tiv′i•ty, n.
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Adj.1.electronegative - 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"
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