electronegativity

electronegative

[ih-lek-troh-neg-uh-tiv]
adjective Physical Chemistry.
1.
containing negative electricity; tending to migrate to the positive pole in electrolysis.
2.
assuming negative potential when in contact with a dissimilar substance.

Origin:
1800–10; electro- + negative

electronegativity, noun
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electronegative (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈnɛɡətɪv)
 
adj
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

electronegativity (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˌnɛɡəˈtɪvɪtɪ)
 
n
1.  the state of being electronegative
2.  a measure of the ability of a specified atom to attract electrons in a molecule

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

  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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electronegativity

in chemistry, the ability of an atom to attract to itself an electron pair shared with another atom in a chemical bond

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