Definitions of negative

  1. To prove the contrary; to reject by vote. Negative electricity, a deficiency of the electric fluid; resinous electricity. Negative pregnants, the negation of the thing implying the affirmation of another. Negative quantity, a minus quantity.
  2. To prove unreal or intrue; to disprove.
  3. To reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction; as, the Senate negatived the bill.
  4. To neutralize the force of; to counteract.
  5. To deny the truth of; to refuse assent to; dismiss or reject by vote.
  6. To prove the contrary: to reject by vote.
  7. To prove the contrary; deny or reject.
  8. To disprove; to dismiss or reject by a vote; to refuse to enact or sanction.
  9. a piece of photographic film showing an image with black and white tones reversed
  10. a reply of denial; " he answered in the negative"
  11. 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.
  12. A word used in denial or refusal; as, not, no.
  13. The refusal or withholding of assents; veto.
  14. That side of a question which denies or refuses, or which is taken by an opposing or denying party; the relation or position of denial or opposition; as, the question was decided in the negative.
  15. A picture upon glass or other material, in which the light portions of the original are represented in some opaque material ( usually reduced silver), and the dark portions by the uncovered and transparent or semitransparent ground of the picture.
  16. The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
  17. A refusal or denial; the side of a question which denies what the opposite side affirms; as, to support the negative in a debate; a word expressing denial; as, to reply with a negative; right of veto; a picture in which right and left and light and shade are the reverse of those in the original: used to print a positive picture; in mathematics, a quantity less than zero or the symbol denoting such a quantity; in electricity, the plate in the cell which is not positive.
  18. A proposition by which something is denied: ( gram.) a word that denies.
  20. A denial, or word indicating it.
  21. Something expressing negation or denial.
  22. Phot. A picture having the lights and shades reversed.
  23. A proposition by which something is denied; a word that denies; the right of veto; the opposite of the affirmative; a photograph in which the lights and shades of the object are the reverse of those in nature.
  24. A word which denies, as not, no; a proposition by which something is denied; the right or power of withholding assent; the position taken up by a party who opposes or denies; in photography, a picture, either on paper or glass, having the lights and shadows I reversed, from which positives or ordinary photographs may be taken in unlimited numbers.
  25. Negatively.
  26. designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions; " negative criticism"
  27. having a negative electric charge; " electrons are negative"
  28. involving disadvantage or harm; " minus ( or negative) factors"
  29. expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial
  30. reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
  31. having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant; " ran a negative campaign"; " delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"
  32. characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features; " a negative outlook on life"; " a colorless negative personality"; " a negative evaluation"; " a negative reaction to an advertising campaign"
  33. ( mathematics) less than zero; " a negative number"
  34. less than zero; " a negative number"
  35. not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition; " the HIV test was negative"
  36. Asserting absence of connection between a subject and a predicate; as, a negative proposition.
  37. Of or pertaining to a picture upon glass or other material, in which the lights and shades of the original, and the relations of right and left, are reversed.
  38. 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.
  39. Metalloidal; nonmetallic; - contracted with positive or basic; as, the nitro group is negative.
  40. Implying refusal or denial; refusing assent; not positive; having the power of veto; in mathematics, noting a quantity to be subtracted; in photography, showing left and right, and dark and light reversed.
  41. That denies: implying absence: that stops or restrains: ( logic) denying the connection between a subject and predicate: ( algebra) noting a quantity to be subtracted.
  42. Denying; implying absence.
  43. Implying denial, absence, or refusal; having the power of vetoing.
  44. Implying denial; returning the answer no to an inquiry or request; opposed to affirmative; opposed to positive, as negative morality- that is, that which merely contents itself with abstaining from evil; without positive statement; tending to prove the opposite; having the power of stopping or withholding.