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adjective Physical Chemistry.
containing negative electricity; tending to migrate to the positive pole in electrolysis.
assuming negative potential when in contact with a dissimilar substance.

1800–10; electro- + negative

electronegativity, noun
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electronegative (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈnɛɡətɪv)
1.  having a negative electric charge
2.  Compare electropositive (of an atom, group, molecule, etc) tending to gain or attract electrons and form negative ions or polarized bonds

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electronegative e·lec·tro·neg·a·tive (ĭ-lěk'trō-něg'ə-tĭv)

  1. Having a negative electric charge.

  2. Tending to attract electrons to form a chemical bond.

  3. Capable of acting as a negative electrode.

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electronegative   (ĭ-lěk'trō-něg'ə-tĭv)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Tending to attract electrons and to form a negative ion. Nonmetals are generally electronegative.

  2. Having a negative electric charge.

  3. Capable of acting as a negative electrode.

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Example sentences
In many electronegative plasmas more than one positive or negative ion species, as well as neutral species, maybe important.
Partially electropositive phosphorus is attracted to partially electronegative serine.
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