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neg·a·tiv·ism

 (nĕg′ə-tĭ-vĭz′əm)
n.
1. The practice or habit of being skeptical, critical, or pessimistic, especially toward the views or suggestions of others.
2. Behavior characterized by persistent refusal, without apparent or logical reasons, to act on or carry out suggestions, orders, or instructions of others.

neg′a·tiv·ist n.
neg′a·tiv·is′tic adj.

negativism

(ˈnɛɡətɪvˌɪzəm)
n
1. a tendency to be or a state of being unconstructively critical
2. (Philosophy) any sceptical or derisive system of thought
3. (Psychiatry) psychiatry refusal to do what is expected or suggested or the tendency to do the opposite
ˈnegativist n, adj
ˌnegativˈistic adj

neg•a•tiv•ism

(ˈnɛg ə tɪˌvɪz əm)

n.
1. a negative or pessimistic attitude.
2. Psychol. a tendency to resist external commands, suggestions, or expectations, or internal stimuli, as hunger, by doing nothing or something contrary or unrelated to the stimulus.
[1815–25]
neg′a•tiv•ist, n.
neg`a•tiv•is′tic, adj.

negativism

1. an attitude characterized by an unwillingness to follow suggestions or orders, as in children.
2. a pessimistic approach to life. See also philosophy. — negativist, n., adj.,negativistic, adj.
See also: Attitudes
any system of thought opposed to positivism; doctrines based upon doubt and skepticism. — negativist, n., adj.negativistic, adj.
See also: Philosophy
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.negativism - characterized by habitual skepticism and a disagreeable tendency to deny or oppose or resist suggestions or commands
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
Translations

neg·a·tiv·ism

n. negativismo, conducta caracterizada por una actuación opuesta a la sugerida.

negativism

n (psych, etc.) negativismo
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