negative: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (neg'u-tiv), [key]
— adj., n., adv., v., interj. -tived, -tiv•ing,
- expressing or containing negation or denial: a negative response to the question.
- refusing consent, as to a proposal: a negative reply to my request.
- expressing refusal to do something: He maintained a negative attitude about cooperating.
- prohibitory, as a command or order.
- characterized by the absence of distinguishing or marked qualities or features; lacking positive attributes (opposed to positive): a dull, lifeless, negative character.
- lacking in constructiveness, helpfulness, optimism, cooperativeness, or the like: a man of negative viewpoint.
- being without rewards, results, or effectiveness: a search of the premises proved negative.
- involving or noting subtraction; minus.
- measured or proceeding in the direction opposite to that which is considered as positive.
- noting an image in which the brightness values of the subject are reproduced so that the lightest areas are shown as the darkest.
- of, pertaining to, or characterized by negative electricity.
- indicating a point in a circuit that has a lower potential than that of another point, the current flowing from the point of higher potential to the point of lower potential.
- failing to show a positive result in a test for a specific disease caused by either bacteria or viruses.
- (of an element or group) tending to gain electrons and become negatively charged; acid.
- responding in a direction away from the stimulus.
- of, pertaining to, or noting the south pole of a magnet.
- (of a proposition) denying the truth of the predicate with regard to the subject.
- a negative statement, answer, word, gesture, etc.: The ship signaled back a negative.
- a refusal of assent: to answer a request with a negative.
- the negative form of statement.
- a person or number of persons arguing against a resolution, statement, etc., esp. a team upholding the negative side in a formal debate.
- a negative quality or characteristic.
- disadvantage; drawback: The plan is generally brilliant, but it has one or two negatives.
- a minus sign.
- a negative quantity or symbol.
- a negative image, as on a film, used chiefly for making positives.
- the negative plate or element in a voltaic cell.
- a veto, or right of veto: The delegation may exercise its negative.
- in the form of a negative response, as a refusal, denial, or disagreement; no: The reply, when it finally came, was in the negative.
- (used to indicate a negative response): “You won't come with us?” “Negative.”
- to deny; contradict.
- to refute or disprove (something).
- to refuse assent or consent to; veto.
- to neutralize or counteract.
- (used to indicate disagreement, denial of permission, etc.): Negative, pilot—complete your mission as directed.
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