Definition of Negativism

1. Noun. Characterized by habitual skepticism and a disagreeable tendency to deny or oppose or resist suggestions or commands.

Exact synonyms: Negativeness, Negativity
Generic synonyms: Quality
Derivative terms: Negative, Negative, Negativist, Negative
Antonyms: Positiveness, Positivity

Definition of Negativism

1. Noun. A persistent pessimistic or skeptical attitude. ¹

2. Noun. A stubborn tendency to do the opposite of what one is asked. ¹

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Definition of Negativism

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Medical Definition of Negativism

1. State of mind or behaviour characterised by extreme skepticism and persistent opposition or resistance to outside suggestions or advice. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Negativism

negative taxis
negative thermotaxis
negative transference
negative verb
negative verbs
negative zero
negatively bathmotropic
negatively charged
negatively dromotropic
negativism (current term)

Literary usage of Negativism

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1. Collected papers on analytical psychology by Carl Gustav Jung, Constance Ellen Long (1917)
"Besides giving a very precise and discerning summary of the various manifestations of negativism, the author presents us with a new psychological conception ..."

2. A Handbook of Psychology and Mental Disease: For Use in Training-schools for by Colonel Bell Burr (1914)
"Pressure of Activity, Retardation, Opposition, negativism. Natural response to impressions from without will necessarily be altered or impaired more or less ..."

3. System of Positive Polity by Auguste Comte (1876)
"Although their vain Deism could have no coherence, even of an intellectual kind, yet it was the last halting-point of negativism, and, as such, ..."

4. Psyche: A Concise and Easily Comprehensible Treatise on the Elements of by Max Talmey (1910)
"The disturbance of volition, called negativism, and in its manifestations almost the contrary of ..."

5. Benign Stupors: A Study of a New Manic-depressive Reaction Type by August Hoch (1921)
"... CHAPTER VII INACTIVITY, negativism AND CATALEPSY 1. Inactivity. We must now turn our attention to the other cardinal symptoms of the stupor reaction, ..."

6. Self-Neglect Among the Elderly: Maintaining Continuity of Self by Susanna D. Bozinovski (1998)
"negativism is a type of vl; -Jsf interpersonal coping mechanism as well as a source of personal control. "At its simplest, negativism is simply saying no... ..."

7. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"Suggestibility and negativism, then, are to be regarded as different sides of a ... This is very characteristically true of this symptom of negativism, ..."

8. Pilocereus Senilis and Other Papers by Walter Moxon (1887)
"... whose source will still bring happiness at all other times and in all other places. PILOCEREUS SENILIS. TRUTH AND negativism. December 20, 1873. ..."

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