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Meaning of NEGATIVE

Pronunciation:  'negutiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a piece of photographic film showing an image with black and white tones reversed
  2. [n]  a reply of denial; "he answered in the negative"
  3. [adj]  involving disadvantage or harm; "minus (or negative) factors"
  4. [adj]  expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial
  5. [adj]  reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
  6. [adj]  designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions; "negative criticism"
  7. [adj]  having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant; "ran a negative campaign"; "delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"
  8. [adj]  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"
  9. [adj]  (mathematics) less than zero; "a negative number"
  10. [adj]  (medicine) not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition; "the HIV test was negative"
  11. [adj]  having a negative electric charge; "electrons are negative"
  12. [v]  vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent

NEGATIVE is a 8 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: antagonistic, backward, bad, blackball, counter, damaging, destructive, disadvantageous, disconfirming, dismissive, dissentient, dissenting(a), dissident, electronegative, harmful, minus, perverse, veto
 Antonyms: affirmative, affirmative, affirmatory, confirming, electroneutral, electropositive, neutral, positive
 See Also: contradict, controvert, defeat, denial, disinclined, double negative, film, kill, nay, no, oppose, pessimistic, photographic film, unfavorable, unfavourable, unsupportive, vote, vote down, vote out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Neg"a*tive\, a. [F. n['e]gatif, L. negativus, fr.
    negare to deny. See {Negation}.]
    1. 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}.
             If thou wilt confess, Or else be impudently
             negative.                             --Shak.
             Denying me any power of a negative voice. --Eikon
             Something between an affirmative bow and a negative
             shake.                                --Dickens.
    2. Not positive; without affirmative statement or
       demonstration; indirect; consisting in the absence of
       something; privative; as, a negative argument; a negative
       morality; negative criticism.
             There in another way of denying Christ, . . . which
             is negative, when we do not acknowledge and confess
             him.                                  --South.
    3. (Logic) Asserting absence of connection between a subject
       and a predicate; as, a negative proposition.
    4. (Photog.) 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
    5. (Chem.) Metalloidal; nonmetallic; -- contracted with
       positive or basic; as, the nitro group is negative.
    Note: This word, derived from electro-negative, is now
          commonly used in a more general sense, when acidiferous
          is the intended signification.
    {Negative crystal}.
       (a) A cavity in a mineral mass, having the form of a
       (b) A crystal which has the power of negative double
           refraction. See {refraction}.
    {negative electricity} (Elec.), the kind of electricity which
       is developed upon resin or ebonite when rubbed, or which
       appears at that pole of a voltaic battery which is
       connected with the plate most attacked by the exciting
       liquid; -- formerly called {resinous electricity}. Opposed
       to {positive electricity}. Formerly, according to
       Franklin's theory of a single electric fluid, negative
       electricity was supposed to be electricity in a degree
       below saturation, or the natural amount for a given body.
       see {Electricity}.
    {Negative eyepiece}. (Opt.) see under {Eyepiece}.
    {Negative quantity} (Alg.), a quantity preceded by the
       negative sign, or which stands in the relation indicated
       by this sign to some other quantity. See {Negative sign}
    {Negative rotation}, right-handed rotation. See
       {Right-handed}, 3.
    {Negative sign}, the sign -, or {minus} (opposed in
       signification to +, or {plus}), indicating that the
       quantity to which it is prefixed is to be subtracted from
       the preceding quantity, or is to be reckoned from zero or
       cipher in the opposite direction to that of quanties
       having the sign plus either expressed or understood; thus,
       in a - b, b is to be substracted from a, or regarded as
       opposite to it in value; and -10[deg] on a thermometer
       means 10[deg] below the zero of the scale.
  2. \Neg"a*tive\, n. [Cf. F. n['e]gative.]
    1. 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.
             This is a known rule in divinity, that there is no
             command that runs in negatives but couches under it
             a positive duty.                      --South.
    2. A word used in denial or refusal; as, not, no.
    Note: In Old England two or more negatives were often joined
          together for the sake of emphasis, whereas now such
          expressions are considered ungrammatical, being chiefly
          heard in iliterate speech. A double negative is now
          sometimes used as nearly or quite equivalent to an
                No wine ne drank she, neither white nor red.
                These eyes that never did nor never shall So much
                as frown on you.                   --Shak.
    3. The refusal or withholding of assents; veto.
             If a kind without his kingdom be, in a civil sense,
             nothing, then . . . his negative is as good as
             nothing.                              --Milton.
    4. 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.
    5. (Photog.) 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.
    Note: A negative is chiefly used for producing photographs by
          means of the sun's light passing through it and acting
          upon sensitized paper, thus producing on the paper a
          positive picture.
    6. (Elect.) The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic
    {Negative pregnant} (Law), a negation which implies an
  3. \Neg"a*tive\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Negatived}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Negativing}.]
    1. To prove unreal or intrue; to disprove.
             The omission or infrequency of such recitals does
             not negative the existence of miracles. --Paley.
    2. To reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction; as, the
       Senate negatived the bill.
    3. To neutralize the force of; to counteract.
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