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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. vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent; " The President vetoed the bill"
  13. less than zero; " a negative number"
  14. not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition; " the HIV test was negative"
  15. Not positive; without affirmative statement or demonstration; indirect; consisting in the absence of something; privative; as, a negative argument; a negative morality; negative criticism.
  16. Asserting absence of connection between a subject and a predicate; as, a negative proposition.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. A word used in denial or refusal; as, not, no.
  20. The refusal or withholding of assents; veto.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
  24. To prove unreal or intrue; to disprove.
  25. To reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction; as, the Senate negatived the bill.
  26. To neutralize the force of; to counteract.
  27. 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.
  28. Metalloidal; nonmetallic; - contracted with positive or basic; as, the nitro group is negative.
  29. 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.
  30. To deny the truth of; to refuse assent to; dismiss or reject by vote.
  31. 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.
  32. Negatively.
  33. Expressing denial, nothingness, the absence of result; sign.
  34. Glass plate upon which photograph is taken; print from same is called a positive.
  35. That denies: implying absence: that stops or restrains: ( logic) denying the connection between a subject and predicate: ( algebra) noting a quantity to be subtracted.
  36. A proposition by which something is denied: ( gram.) a word that denies.
  37. To prove the contrary: to reject by vote.
  38. NEGATIVENESS.
  39. A denial, or word indicating it.
  40. Denying; implying absence.
  41. To prove the contrary; deny or reject.
  42. To contradict; veto; deny.
  43. Expressing or implying denial or negation.
  44. Something expressing negation or denial.
  45. Phot. A picture having the lights and shades reversed.
  46. Implying denial, absence, or refusal; having the power of vetoing.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. To disprove; to dismiss or reject by a vote; to refuse to enact or sanction.
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Quotes of negative

  1. There are countless studies on the negative spillover of job pressures on family life, but few on how job satisfaction enhances the quality of family life. – Albert Bandura
  2. For a manager to be perceived as a positive manager, they need a four to one positive to negative contact ratio. – Ken Blanchard
  3. Let's not be narrow, nasty, and negative – T. S. Eliot
  4. I think we typically, as Northerners, stereotype what the South is in so many negative ways. We kind of forget all the beautiful things that they contribute to make this country a country. – Genevieve Gorder
  5. Research has shown that even small amounts of processed food alter the chemical balance in our brain and cause negative mood swings along with noticeable dips ill energy. – Marilu Henner
  6. Tell me, why is the media here so negative Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why? – Abdul Kalam
  7. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. There exist thousands of Americans who have AIDS -defining diseases but are HIV negative – Serge Lang
  9. The Iraq War marked the beginning of the end of network news coverage. Viewers saw the juxtaposition of the embedded correspondents reporting the war as it was actually unfolding and the jaundiced, biased, negative coverage of these same events in the network newsrooms. – Dick Morris
  10. I don't think nostalgia has to be negative – Van Morrison
  11. Sometimes the most positive thing you can be in a boring society is absolutely negative – Johnny Rotten
  12. I don't like to read about myself, whether it be positive or negative – Chloe Sevigny
  13. I confess that Roy was a little bit dictatorial in his editing and he ruined quite a number of my pictures, which he stopped doing later. He used to punch a hole through a negative Some of them were incredibly valuable. He didn't understand at the time. – Ben Shahn
  14. You come home, and you party. But after that, you get a hangover. Everything about that is negative – Mike Tyson
  15. Neutrality is a negative word. It does not express what America ought to feel. We are not trying to keep out of trouble; we are trying to preserve the foundations on which peace may be rebuilt. – Woodrow Wilson

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. " 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
  3. 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
  4. I obtain the same negative result. – More Hunting Wasps by J. Henri Fabre
  5. He answered however indifferently in the negative – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. " We checked him from here to breakfast, and the record is absolutely negative – The Electronic Mind Reader by John Blaine
  9. In the first place, are there no negative instances? – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  10. The decided negative from Sophy seemed to mildly surprise him. – A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  11. She signified a decided negative – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  12. 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
  13. You must not take any answer in the negative – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough
  14. The lady shook her head in a most decided negative – The Soul of the War by Philip Gibbs
  15. Of course I have a watch, but its hockable value is negative – The Long Chance by Peter B. Kyne
  16. Mr. Max Muller cannot have forgotten that Curtius answered boldly- in the negative – Modern Mythology by Andrew Lang
  17. 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
  18. The answer was always in the negative – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  19. The only possible answer is in the negative – The Spirit-Filled Life by John MacNeil Commentator: Andrew Murray
  20. 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