|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