[ UK /nˈɛɡətˌɪv/ ]
[ US /ˈnɛɡətɪv/ ]
  1. designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions
    negative criticism
  2. not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition
    the HIV test was negative
  3. characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features
    a colorless negative personality
    a negative outlook on life
    a negative evaluation
    a negative reaction to an advertising campaign
  4. reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
    negative interest rates
  5. having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant
    ran a negative campaign
    delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life
  6. involving disadvantage or harm
    minus (or negative) factors
  7. having a negative charge
    electrons are negative
  8. expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial
  9. less than zero
    a negative number
  1. vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent
    The President vetoed the bill
  1. a piece of photographic film showing an image with light and shade or colors reversed
  2. a reply of denial
    he answered in the negative
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How To Use negative In A Sentence

  • If all this seems a little negative, let me assure you I now feel an almost pathological fondness for the place. Times, Sunday Times
  • A lot of the foods that we connect with African-Americans, whether totemically, whether positively or negatively, are indeed and in fact foods from the continent. NPR Topics: News
  • There was a lot of negative publicity surrounding the film.
  • Surely you appreciate that for those who regularly attack Israel and its suporters, “Likud” is a label fraught with negative implications that have nothing to do with the political realities within Israel. The Volokh Conspiracy » Human Rights Watch Update
  • The problem of environmental pollution roots in the characteristic of public goods and negative externality.
  • They will certainly enjoy some respite from the negative headlines which have been barracking them in recent weeks, which maybe renders the result palatable for all.
  • These undeveloped land or uncompleted property projects have brought negative social and economic effects.
  • Use hydrogen and halogens as terminal atoms (except for boranes and interhalogen compounds) and then use the least electronegative atom as the central atom.
  • All 79 patients were seronegative for the HIV antibody by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.
  • A person can be recently infected by HIV and have a negative result.
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