Definition of Negative

1. Noun. A reply of denial. "He answered in the negative"

Generic synonyms: Denial
Specialized synonyms: No, Nay, Double Negative
Antonyms: Affirmative

2. Verb. Vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent. "The President vetoed the bill"
Exact synonyms: Blackball, Veto
Generic synonyms: Contradict, Controvert, Oppose
Entails: Vote
Specialized synonyms: Defeat, Kill, Shoot Down, Vote Down, Vote Out
Derivative terms: Veto, Veto

3. Adjective. Characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features. "A negative reaction to an advertising campaign"
Attributes: Quality
Also: Destructive, Pessimistic, Unsupportive
Similar to: Antagonistic, Counter, Perverse
Derivative terms: Negativity
Antonyms: Neutral, Positive

4. Noun. A piece of photographic film showing an image with light and shade or colors reversed.
Generic synonyms: Film, Photographic Film

5. Adjective. Expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial.

6. Adjective. Having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant. "Delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"
Similar to: Bad
Derivative terms: Negativeness

7. Adjective. Not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition. "The HIV test was negative"
Exact synonyms: Disconfirming
Category relationships: Medical Specialty, Medicine
Similar to: Gram-negative
Antonyms: Positive

8. Adjective. Reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive. "Negative interest rates"
Antonyms: Positive

9. Adjective. Less than zero. "A negative number"
Category relationships: Math, Mathematics, Maths
Similar to: Minus
Derivative terms: Negativeness

10. Adjective. Designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions. "Negative criticism"
Exact synonyms: Damaging
Similar to: Destructive

11. Adjective. Having a negative charge. "Electrons are negative"
Exact synonyms: Electronegative, Negatively Charged
Similar to: Charged

12. Adjective. Involving disadvantage or harm. "Minus (or negative) factors"
Exact synonyms: Minus
Similar to: Disadvantageous

Definition of Negative

1. a. Denying; implying, containing, or asserting denial, negation or refusal; returning the answer no to an inquiry or request; refusing assent; as, a negative answer; a negative opinion; -- opposed to affirmative.

2. n. A proposition by which something is denied or forbidden; a conception or term formed by prefixing the negative particle to one which is positive; an opposite or contradictory term or conception.

3. v. t. To prove unreal or untrue; to disprove.

Definition of Negative

1. Adjective. not positive or neutral ¹

2. Adjective. (physics) of electrical charge of an electron and related particles (defdate from the 18th c.) ¹

3. Adjective. (mathematics) of number, less than zero ¹

4. Adjective. (linguistics) (logic) denying a proposition ¹

5. Adjective. damaging; undesirable; unfavourable ¹

6. Adjective. pessimistic; not tending to see the bright side of things. (Often used pejoratively.) ¹

7. Adjective. (context: New Age jargon) (pejorative) bad, unwanted, disagreeable, potentially damaging, to be avoided, excessively difficult; (often precedes 'energy', 'feeling', 'emotion' or 'thought'). ¹

8. Noun. refusal or withholding of assents; veto, prohibition (defdate from the 15th c.) ¹

9. Noun. (photography) an image in which dark areas represent light ones, and the converse (defdate from the 19th c.) ¹

10. Noun. (grammar) a word that indicates negation ¹

11. Noun. (mathematics) a negative quantity ¹

12. Noun. (weightlifting): A rep performed with weight in which the muscle begins at maximum contraction and is slowly extended; a movement performed using only the eccentric phase of muscle movement. ¹

13. Verb. To veto ¹

14. Verb. To contradict ¹

15. Verb. To disprove ¹

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Definition of Negative

1. to veto [v -TIVED, -TIVING, -TIVES] - See also: veto

Medical Definition of Negative

1. Not affirming the presence of the organism or condition in question (a negative diagnosis). This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Negative

negative (current term)
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negative Nancy
negative S
negative accommodation
negative afterimage
negative anergy
negative base excess
negative binomial distribution
negative charge
negative chemotaxis
negative clause

Literary usage of Negative

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"In the method of negative synthesis, positive color prints are made from the three ... The negative made through a red screen must print a positive, ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"Then the roots of the proposed biquadratic equation are, when q is negative, when q is positive. Vo+VH-VO. Va-Vi-Vi), See also below, Theory of Equations, ..."

3. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"... and adjacent negative charges of a rigid helical structure. Conformations 3A-2, 3A-3, and 3A-4 are unfavorable. Conformation 3A-1 corresponds to CH,N+H ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1910)
"The other leads to a variable spark-gap at the negative terminal of an 8- plate ... The negative glow around the pin-head which communicates with the ..."

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