|1.||expressing or meaning a refusal or denial: a negative answer|
|2.||lacking positive or affirmative qualities, such as enthusiasm, interest, or optimism|
|3.||showing or tending towards opposition or resistance|
|4.||a. measured in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive|
|b. having the same magnitude but opposite sense to an equivalent positive quantity|
|5.||biology indicating movement or growth away from a particular stimulus: negative geotropism|
|6.||med (of the results of a diagnostic test) indicating absence of the disease or condition for which the test was made|
|7.||minus another word for minus|
|a. (of an electric charge) having the same polarity as the charge of an electron|
|b. (of a body, system, ion, etc) having a negative electric charge; having an excess of electrons|
|c. (of a point in an electric circuit) having a lower electrical potential than some other point with an assigned zero potential|
|9.||short for electronegative|
|10.||of or relating to a photographic negative|
|11.||logic (of a categorial proposition) denying the satisfaction by the subject of the predicate, as in some men are irrational; no pigs have wings|
|12.||astrology of, relating to, or governed by the signs of the zodiac of the earth and water classifications, which are thought to be associated with a receptive passive nature|
|13.||short for Rh negative|
|14.||a statement or act of denial, refusal, or negation|
|15.||a negative person or thing|
|16.||photog a piece of photographic film or a plate, previously exposed and developed, showing an image that, in black-and-white photography, has a reversal of tones. In colour photography the image is in complementary colours to the subject so that blue sky appears yellow, green grass appears purple, etc|
|17.||physics a negative object, such as a terminal or a plate in a voltaic cell|
|18.||a sentence or other linguistic element with a negative meaning, as the English word not|
|19.||a quantity less than zero or a quantity to be subtracted|
|20.||logic a negative proposition|
|21.||archaic the right of veto|
|22.||in the negative indicating denial or refusal|
|23.||(esp in military communications) a signal code word for no|
|24.||to deny or nullify; negate|
|25.||to show to be false; disprove|
|26.||to refuse to consent to or approve of: the proposal was negatived|
"Negative Capability, that is when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact and reason." [John Keats, letter, Dec. 21, 1817]
negative neg·a·tive (něg'ə-tĭv)
Expressing, containing, or consisting of a negation, refusal, or denial.
Marked by failure of response or absence of a reaction.
Not indicating the presence of microorganisms, disease, or a specific condition.
Moving or turning away from a stimulus, such as light.
Relating to or designating an electric charge of the same sign as that of an electron.
|negative (něg'ə-tĭv) Pronunciation Key
photographic image that reproduces the bright portions of the photographed subject as dark and the dark parts as light areas. Negatives are usually formed on a transparent material, such as plastic or glass. Exposure of sensitized paper through the negative, done either by placing the negative and paper in close contact or by projecting the negative image onto the paper, reverses these tones and produces a positive photographic print.
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