Definition of "negative" []

  • Expressing, containing, or consisting of a negation, refusal, or denial: gave a negative answer to our request. (adjective)
  • Indicating opposition or resistance: a negative reaction to the new advertising campaign. (adjective)
  • Lacking positive or constructive features, especially: (adjective)
  • Unpleasant; disagreeable: had a negative experience on his first job. (adjective)
  • Gloomy; pessimistic: a negative outlook. (adjective)
  • Expressing or meaning a refusal or denial (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Lacking positive or affirmative qualities, such as enthusiasm, interest, or optimism (adjective)
  • Showing or tending towards opposition or resistance (adjective)
  • Measured in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive (adjective)
  • Having the same magnitude but opposite sense to an equivalent positive quantity (adjective)
  • Indicating movement or growth away from a particular stimulus (adjective)
  • (of the results of a diagnostic test) indicating absence of the disease or condition for which the test was made (adjective)
  • (of an electric charge) having the same polarity as the charge of an electron (adjective)
  • (of a body, system, ion, etc) having a negative electric charge; having an excess of electrons (adjective)
  • (of a point in an electric circuit) having a lower electrical potential than some other point with an assigned zero potential (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a photographic negative (adjective)
  • (of a categorial proposition) denying the satisfaction by the subject of the predicate, as in some men are irrational; no pigs have wings (adjective)
  • 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 (adjective)
  • A statement or act of denial, refusal, or negation (noun)
  • A negative person or thing (noun)
  • 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 (noun)
  • A negative object, such as a terminal or a plate in a voltaic cell (noun)
  • A sentence or other linguistic element with a negative meaning, as the English word not (noun)
  • A quantity less than zero or a quantity to be subtracted (noun)
  • A negative proposition (noun)
  • The right of veto (noun)
  • To deny or nullify; negate (verb)
  • To show to be false; disprove (verb)
  • To refuse to consent to or approve of (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "negative" in a sentence
  • "And the nearer such part or section may be to the negative pole in the positive post, so much the more _negative_ it will be."
  • "So it is still true that on the negative half of the circuit, the _negative_ qualities _diminish_ as we advance towards the central point just as on the positive half, the _positive_ qualities diminish regularly towards the central point, as stated above."
  • "Its negative pole is the _negative electrode_ in contact with the positive end or pole of magnet No. 2, and its positive pole is the _wire end of the cord_ in the negative post."