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NEGATIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does negative mean? 

NEGATIVE (noun)
  The noun NEGATIVE has 2 senses:

1. a reply of denial
2. a piece of photographic film showing an image with black and white tones reversed

  Familiarity information: NEGATIVE used as a noun is rare.


NEGATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective NEGATIVE has 9 senses:

1. characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features
2. having a negative electric charge
3. expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial
4. having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant
5. not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition
6. reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
7. less than zero
8. designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions
9. involving disadvantage or harm

  Familiarity information: NEGATIVE used as an adjective is familiar.


NEGATIVE (verb)
  The verb NEGATIVE has 1 sense:

1. vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent

  Familiarity information: NEGATIVE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


NEGATIVE (noun)


Sense 1negative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A reply of denial

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

he answered in the negative

Hypernyms ("negative" is a kind of...):

denial (the act of refusing to comply (as with a request))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "negative"):

no; nay (a negative)

double negative (a grammatically substandard but emphatic negative)

Antonym:

affirmative (a reply of affirmation)


Sense 2negative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A piece of photographic film showing an image with black and white tones reversed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("negative" is a kind of...):

film; photographic film (photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies)


NEGATIVE (adjective)


Sense 1negative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features

Context examples:

a negative outlook on life / a colorless negative personality / a negative evaluation / a negative reaction to an advertising campaign

Similar:

antagonistic; counter (indicating opposition or resistance)

perverse (marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict)

Also:

unsupportive (not furnishing support or assistance)

destructive (causing destruction or much damage)

pessimistic (expecting the worst in this worst of all possible worlds)

Attribute:

quality (an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone)

Antonym:

neutral (possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics)

positive (characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.)


Sense 2negative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a negative electric charge

Synonyms:

electronegative; negative

Context example:

electrons are negative

Attribute:

polarity; sign (having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges))

Antonym:

neutral (having no net electric charge; not electrified)

positive (having a positive electric charge)


Sense 3negative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial

Similar:

dismissive (tending to dismiss or reject)

dissentient; dissenting; dissident (disagreeing, especially with a majority)

Also:

disinclined (unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval)

unfavorable; unfavourable (not encouraging or approving or pleasing)

Antonym:

affirmative (affirming or giving assent)


Sense 4negative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant

Context examples:

ran a negative campaign / delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life

Similar:

bad (having undesirable or negative qualities)


Sense 5negative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

disconfirming; negative

Context example:

the HIV test was negative

Similar:

Gram-negative ((of bacteria) being of or relating to a bacterium that does not retain the violet stain used in Gram's method)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)

Antonym:

positive (indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen)


Sense 6negative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive

Context example:

negative interest rates

Antonym:

positive (reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion)


Sense 7negative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Less than zero

Context example:

a negative number

Similar:

minus (on the negative side or lower end of a scale)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)


Sense 8negative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

damaging; negative

Context example:

negative criticism

Similar:

destructive (causing destruction or much damage)


Sense 9negative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Involving disadvantage or harm

Synonyms:

minus; negative

Context example:

minus (or negative) factors

Similar:

disadvantageous; harmful (constituting a disadvantage)


NEGATIVE (verb)


Sense 1negative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

negative; veto; blackball

Context example:

The President vetoed the bill

Hypernyms (to "negative" is one way to...):

contradict; controvert; oppose (be resistant to)

"Negative" entails doing...:

vote (express a choice or opinion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "negative"):

defeat; kill; shoot down; vote down; vote out (thwart the passage of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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