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Definitions of negative

  1. vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent
  2. designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions; " negative criticism"
  3. having a negative electric charge; " electrons are negative"
  4. involving disadvantage or harm; " minus ( or negative) factors"
  5. a piece of photographic film showing an image with black and white tones reversed
  6. a reply of denial; " he answered in the negative"
  7. expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial
  8. reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
  9. having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant; " ran a negative campaign"; " delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"
  10. 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"
  11. ( mathematics) less than zero; " a negative number"
  12. less than zero; " a negative number"
  13. not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition; " the HIV test was negative"
  14. Not positive; without affirmative statement or demonstration; indirect; consisting in the absence of something; privative; as, a negative argument; a negative morality; negative criticism.
  15. Asserting absence of connection between a subject and a predicate; as, a negative proposition.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. A word used in denial or refusal; as, not, no.
  19. The refusal or withholding of assents; veto.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
  23. To prove unreal or intrue; to disprove.
  24. To reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction; as, the Senate negatived the bill.
  25. To neutralize the force of; to counteract.
  26. 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.
  27. Metalloidal; nonmetallic; - contracted with positive or basic; as, the nitro group is negative.
  28. 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.
  29. To deny the truth of; to refuse assent to; dismiss or reject by vote.
  30. 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.
  31. Negatively.
  32. That denies: implying absence: that stops or restrains: ( logic) denying the connection between a subject and predicate: ( algebra) noting a quantity to be subtracted.
  33. A proposition by which something is denied: ( gram.) a word that denies.
  34. To prove the contrary: to reject by vote.
  35. NEGATIVENESS.
  36. A denial, or word indicating it.
  37. Denying; implying absence.
  38. To prove the contrary; deny or reject.
  39. To contradict; veto; deny.
  40. Expressing or implying denial or negation.
  41. Something expressing negation or denial.
  42. Phot. A picture having the lights and shades reversed.
  43. Implying denial, absence, or refusal; having the power of vetoing.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. To disprove; to dismiss or reject by a vote; to refuse to enact or sanction.
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Usage examples for negative

  1. In English a single negative is always to be employed. – Selections from Viri Romae by Charles François L'Homond
  2. Now Matilda would have liked very much to go, on one side of the question; yet her answer was a grateful negative. – Trading by Susan Warner
  3. To prevent their entrance at all would, of course, be the best form of education, even though it were only negative in aim: but it would be a task full of difficulty. – Counsels and Maxims From The Essays Of Arthur Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer
  4. Then I remembered that a negative was, at that stage of the bill, a vote for it,- I had done just the reverse of what I intended. – The Plum Tree by David Graham Phillips
  5. She signified a decided negative. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  6. I obtain the same negative result. – More Hunting Wasps by J. Henri Fabre
  7. The only possible answer is in the negative. – The Spirit-Filled Life by John MacNeil Commentator: Andrew Murray
  8. The lady shook her head in a most decided negative. – The Soul of the War by Philip Gibbs
  9. " I wanted to ask you if you had any message for William Brent, from a man named Halloway," he inquired, still speaking as if against the wind, and, receiving a brief negative, he turned toward the outer door. – A Pagan of the Hills by Charles Neville Buck
  10. You must not take any answer in the negative." – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough
  11. I begin to draw the conclusion that Mr. Lincoln's good qualities are rather negative than positive. – Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862 by Adam Gurowski
  12. The decided negative from Sophy seemed to mildly surprise him. – A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  13. The answer was always in the negative. – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  14. Mr. Max Muller cannot have forgotten that Curtius answered boldly- in the negative. – Modern Mythology by Andrew Lang
  15. Hannah accepted the answer as she had accepted every other negative in life, great and small. – The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  16. In the first place, are there no negative instances? – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  17. He answered however indifferently in the negative. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  18. Receiving a negative answer, he gave the man five marks and asked him to be very careful as to the way he lifted the cat's basket out of his wife's cab. – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  19. Of course I have a watch, but its hockable value is negative. – The Long Chance by Peter B. Kyne
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