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negative > define


  • A reply of denial.
    • usage: "he answered in the negative"
  • A piece of photographic film showing an image with light and shade or colors reversed.


  • Vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent.
    • usage: "The President vetoed the bill"


  • Characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features.
    • usage: "a negative outlook on life"; "a colorless negative personality"; "a negative evaluation"; "a negative reaction to an advertising campaign"
  • Expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial.
  • Having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant.
    • usage: "ran a negative campaign"; "delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"
  • Not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition.
    • usage: "the HIV test was negative"
  • Reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive.
    • usage: "negative interest rates"
  • Less than zero.
    • usage: "a negative number"
  • Designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions.
    • usage: "negative criticism"
  • Having a negative charge.
    • usage: "electrons are negative"
  • Involving disadvantage or harm.
    • usage: "minus (or negative) factors"
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