Definitions for negativeˈnɛg ə tɪv

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. negative(noun)

    a reply of denial

    "he answered in the negative"

  2. negative(adj)

    a piece of photographic film showing an image with light and shade or colors reversed

  3. negative(adj)

    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"

  4. negative(adj)

    expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial

  5. negative(adj)

    having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant

    "ran a negative campaign"; "delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"

  6. negative, disconfirming(adj)

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

    "the HIV test was negative"

  7. negative(adj)

    reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive

    "negative interest rates"

  8. negative(adj)

    less than zero

    "a negative number"

  9. damaging, negative(adj)

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

    "negative criticism"

  10. negative, electronegative, negatively charged(adj)

    having a negative charge

    "electrons are negative"

  11. minus, negative(verb)

    involving disadvantage or harm

    "minus (or negative) factors"

  12. veto, blackball, negative(verb)

    vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent

    "The President vetoed the bill"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. negative(Noun)

    refusal or withholding of assents; veto, prohibition

  2. negative(Noun)

    an image in which dark areas represent light ones, and the converse

  3. negative(Noun)

    a word that indicates negation

  4. negative(Noun)

    a negative quantity

  5. negative(Noun)

    : A rep performed with weight in which the muscle begins at maximum contraction and is slowly extended; a movement performed using only the eccentric phase of muscle movement.

  6. negative(Verb)

    To veto

  7. negative(Verb)

    To contradict

  8. negative(Verb)

    To disprove

  9. negative(Adjective)

    not positive or neutral

  10. negative(Adjective)

    of electrical charge of an electron and related particles

  11. negative(Adjective)

    of number, less than zero

  12. negative(Adjective)

    denying a proposition

  13. negative(Adjective)

    damaging; undesirable; unfavourable

  14. negative(Adjective)

    pessimistic; not tending to see the bright side of things. (Often used pejoratively.)

  15. negative(Adjective)

    bad, unwanted, disagreeable, potentially damaging, to be avoided, excessively difficult; (often precedes 'energy', 'feeling', 'emotion' or 'thought').

  16. Origin: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Negative(adj)

    denying; implying, containing, or asserting denial, negation or refusal; returning the answer no to an inquiry or request; refusing assent; as, a negative answer; a negative opinion; -- opposed to affirmative

  2. Negative(adj)

    not positive; without affirmative statement or demonstration; indirect; consisting in the absence of something; privative; as, a negative argument; a negative morality; negative criticism

  3. Negative(adj)

    asserting absence of connection between a subject and a predicate; as, a negative proposition

  4. Negative(adj)

    of or pertaining to a picture upon glass or other material, in which the lights and shades of the original, and the relations of right and left, are reversed

  5. Negative(adj)

    metalloidal; nonmetallic; -- contracted with positive or basic; as, the nitro group is negative

  6. Negative(noun)

    a proposition by which something is denied or forbidden; a conception or term formed by prefixing the negative particle to one which is positive; an opposite or contradictory term or conception

  7. Negative(noun)

    a word used in denial or refusal; as, not, no

  8. Negative(noun)

    the refusal or withholding of assents; veto

  9. Negative(noun)

    that side of a question which denies or refuses, or which is taken by an opposing or denying party; the relation or position of denial or opposition; as, the question was decided in the negative

  10. Negative(noun)

    a picture upon glass or other material, in which the light portions of the original are represented in some opaque material (usually reduced silver), and the dark portions by the uncovered and transparent or semitransparent ground of the picture

  11. Negative(noun)

    the negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell

  12. Negative(verb)

    to prove unreal or intrue; to disprove

  13. Negative(verb)

    to reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction; as, the Senate negatived the bill

  14. Negative(verb)

    to neutralize the force of; to counteract

  15. Origin: [F. ngatif, L. negativus, fr. negare to deny. See Negation.]

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  1. Negative

    In photography, a negative is an image, usually on a strip or sheet of transparent plastic film, in which the lightest areas of the photographed subject appear darkest and the darkest areas appear lightest. This reversed order occurs because of the extremely light-sensitive chemicals a camera film must use to capture an image quickly enough for ordinary picture-taking, which are darkened, rather than bleached, by exposure to light and subsequent photographic processing. In the case of color negatives, the colors are also reversed into their respective complementary colors. Typical color negatives have an overall dull orange tint due to an automatic color-masking feature that ultimately results in improved color reproduction. Negatives are normally used to make positive prints on photographic paper by projecting the negative onto the paper with a photographic enlarger or making a contact print. The paper is also darkened in proportion to its exposure to light, so a second reversal results which restores light and dark to their correct order. Negatives were once commonly made on a thin sheet of glass rather than a plastic film, and some of the earliest negatives were made on paper. It is incorrect to call a photograph a negative solely because it is on a transparent material. Transparent prints can be made by printing a negative onto special positive film, as is done to make traditional motion picture film prints for use in theaters. Some films used in cameras are designed to be developed by reversal processing, which produces the final positive, instead of a negative, on the original film. Positives on film or glass are known as transparencies or diapositives, and if mounted in small frames designed for use in a slide projector or magnifying viewer they are commonly called slides.

The Nuttall EncyclopediaRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Negative

    in photography a picture of an object in which the lights and shadows are reversed, so that the shady part appears white and the light in it appears dark.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'negative' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2374

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'negative' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1803

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'negative' in Adjectives Frequency: #295

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