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negativism

[neg-uh-ti-viz-uh m] /ˈnɛg ə tɪˌvɪz əm/
noun
1.
a negative or pessimistic attitude.
2.
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.
3.
any system of negative philosophy, as agnosticism or skepticism.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; negative + -ism
Related forms
negativist, noun
negativistic, adjective
nonnegativism, noun
nonnegativistic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for negativist

negativism

/ˈnɛɡətɪvˌɪzəm/
noun
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
Derived Forms
negativist, noun, adjective
negativistic, adjective
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negativist in Medicine

negativism neg·a·tiv·ism (něg'ə-tĭ-vĭz'əm)
n.
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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