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Meaning & Definition of Negative in English

English

Negative

/nɛgətɪv/

noun

1. A reply of denial

  • "He answered in the negative"
    synonym:
  • negative

2. A piece of photographic film showing an image with light and shade or colors reversed

    synonym:
  • negative

verb

1. Vote against

  • Refuse to endorse
  • Refuse to assent
  • "The president vetoed the bill"
    synonym:
  • veto
  • ,
  • blackball
  • ,
  • negative

adjective

1. Characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance

  • Having no positive features
  • "A negative outlook on life"
  • "A colorless negative personality"
  • "A negative evaluation"
  • "A negative reaction to an advertising campaign"
    synonym:
  • negative

2. Expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial

    synonym:
  • negative

3. Having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant

  • "Ran a negative campaign"
  • "Delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"
    synonym:
  • negative

4. Not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition

  • "The hiv test was negative"
    synonym:
  • negative
  • ,
  • disconfirming

5. Reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive

  • "Negative interest rates"
    synonym:
  • negative

6. Less than zero

  • "A negative number"
    synonym:
  • negative

7. Designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions

  • "Negative criticism"
    synonym:
  • damaging
  • ,
  • negative

8. Having a negative charge

  • "Electrons are negative"
    synonym:
  • negative
  • ,
  • electronegative
  • ,
  • negatively charged

9. Involving disadvantage or harm

  • "Minus (or negative) factors"
    synonym:
  • minus
  • ,
  • negative

Examples of using

If I do this, will it be viewed by others in a negative way?
The results were negative.