a negative or pessimistic attitude.
Psychology. a tendency to resist external commands, suggestions, or expectations, or internal stimuli, as hunger, by doing nothing or something contrary or unrelated to the stimulus.
any system of negative philosophy, as agnosticism or skepticism.

1815–25; negative + -ism

negativist, noun
negativistic, adjective
nonnegativism, noun
nonnegativistic, adjective Unabridged
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negativism (ˈnɛɡətɪvˌɪzəm)
1.  a tendency to be or a state of being unconstructively critical
2.  any sceptical or derisive system of thought
3.  psychiatry refusal to do what is expected or suggested or the tendency to do the opposite
n, —adj

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negativism neg·a·tiv·ism (něg'ə-tĭ-vĭz'əm)
A tendency to do the opposite of what one is requested to do, or to resist stubbornly for no apparent reason.

neg'a·tiv·ist n.
neg'a·tiv·is'tic adj.
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