AskDefine | Define negative

Dictionary Definition

negative adj
1 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" [ant: neutral, positive]
2 reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
3 having a negative electric charge; "electrons are negative" [syn: electronegative] [ant: neutral, positive]
4 expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial [ant: affirmative]
5 having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant; "ran a negative campaign"; "delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"
6 not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition; "the HIV test was negative" [syn: disconfirming] [ant: positive]
7 less than zero; "a negative number"
8 designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions; "negative criticism" [syn: damaging]
9 involving disadvantage or harm; "minus (or negative) factors" [syn: minus]

Noun

1 a reply of denial; "he answered in the negative" [ant: affirmative]
2 a piece of photographic film showing an image with black and white tones reversed v : vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent; "The President vetoed the bill" [syn: veto, blackball]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • a CA /ˈnɛ(e)gəˌɾɪv/
  • a UK /ˈnɛg.ə.tɪv/

Adjective

  1. not positive or neutral
  2. inherently damaging; undesirable
  3. of number, less than zero
  4. of electrical charge of an electron and related particles

Synonyms

Antonyms

Translations

not positive
inherently damaging
in mathematics
of electrical charge

Noun

  1. an image in which dark areas represent light ones, and the converse
  2. a word that indicates negation
  3. a negative quantity
  4. : A rep performed with weight in which the muscle begins at maximum contraction and is slowly extended; a movement performed using only the eccentric phase of muscle movement.

Translations

photography
grammar
mathematics

Anagrams

Italian

Noun

negative
  1. Plural of negativa

Swedish

Adjective

negative
  1. sv-adj-form-abs-def-m negativ

Extensive Definition

The term Negative refers to a property of negativity and may refer to:

Science and mathematics

Photography

Linguistics

Entertainment

Other uses

  • Negative sign, a term in astrology describing passive or feminine signs of the zodiac
  • Negative space, in art, the space around or between elements of the subject
  • Negative (policy debate) (NEG), the team which negates the resolution in policy debate
  • Negative feedback, a feedback loop that responds in the opposite direction to a perturbation

See also

negative in German: Negativ
negative in Esperanto: Negativa
negative in French: Négatif
negative in Hungarian: Negatív
negative in Dutch: Negatief
negative in Portuguese: Negativo
negative in Simple English: Negative
negative in Serbian: Негатив
negative in Finnish: Negatiivi

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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