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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.
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Noun1.negativist - someone who refuses to do what is asked or does the opposite of what is asked
balker, baulker, noncompliant - a person who refuses to comply
2.negativist - someone who is resigned to defeat without offering positive suggestions
pessimist - a person who expects the worst
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"The negativist statement fails to give any credit to what our legal and judicial system has accomplished, and is quite surprising to hear from a law dean like him," Guevarra said about Diokno who was also law dean of De La Salle University (DLSU).
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The negativist approach of the party is evident in its opportunist rejection of the Indo- US nuclear deal, FDI in retail and the GST, all of which the BJP had supported while heading the NDA government.
The theology of sacramentality focuses on presence, efficacy, and transformation; and the sacramentality in the novel counters the negativist tendencies of the cynicism, fragmentation, and destabilizing narrative techniques, creating a context for affirmation and possibility.
The negativist view, on the other hand, maintains that a competitive situation threatens cooperative ventures and helps undermine worthwhile personal and social relationships and forms a vicious distinction between winners and losers.
Bilinc acik, ancak mutistik ve negativist olan hastanin fizik muayenesinde rijidite ve balmumu esnekligi mevcuttu.
Consequently, the "new" CHP decided to stop being a pro-military negativist political party, criticizing anything and everything the AKP government does, without offering any policy alternatives.
The questions about our existence are explored more with wonder than with negativist resignation.