Definitions for negative
ˈnɛg ə tɪvneg·a·tive
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word negative.
a reply of denial
"he answered in the negative"
a piece of photographic film showing an image with light and shade or colors reversed
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"
expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial
having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant
"ran a negative campaign"; "delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"
not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition
"the HIV test was negative"
reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
"negative interest rates"
less than zero
"a negative number"
designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions
negative, electronegative, negatively chargedadjective
having a negative charge
"electrons are negative"
involving disadvantage or harm
"minus (or negative) factors"
veto, blackball, negativeverb
vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent
"The President vetoed the bill"
refusal or withholding of assents; veto, prohibition
an image in which dark areas represent light ones, and the converse
a word that indicates negation
a negative quantity
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.
not positive or neutral
of electrical charge of an electron and related particles
of number, less than zero
denying a proposition
damaging; undesirable; unfavourable
pessimistic; not tending to see the bright side of things. (Often used pejoratively.)
bad, unwanted, disagreeable, potentially damaging, to be avoided, excessively difficult; (often precedes 'energy', 'feeling', 'emotion' or 'thought').
Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: negatif, Fr. negativus, Latin.
There is another way of denying Christ with our mouths, which is negative, when we do not acknowledge and confess him. Robert South, Sermons.
Consider the necessary connection that is between the negative and positive part of our duty. John Tillotson, Serm. 1.
Denying me any power of a negative voice as king, they are not ashamed to seek to deprive me of the liberty of using my reason with a good conscience. Charles I .
Of negatives we have far the least certainty; and they are usually hardest, and many times impossible to be proved. John Tillotson, Serm. 1.
A purer substance is defin’d,
But by an heap of negatives combin’d;
Ask what a spirit is, you’ll hear them cry,
It hath no matter, no mortality. John Cleveland, Poems.
Negative is a song by the English alternative rock band Mansun. The song was written by Paul Draper, Dominic Chad, Stove and Andie Rathbone. It was recorded and produced by Paul Draper and Mark 'Spike' Stent during sessions for the group's second studio album. The song was released as the third single in 1998 from the group's second album, Six. Despite being one of the album's more traditional songs the single peaked low at #27 on the UK Singles Chart, breaking the group's run of seven consecutive top twenty singles. The music video for "Negative" was directed by Jamie Thraves.
Negative is a term used to refer, broadly, to things that are undesirable, unfavorable, harmful, or detrimental, or to denote the absence or opposite of positive qualities or actions. In mathematics, it is used to indicate a number less than zero. In photography, it refers to an image where light areas appear dark and vice versa. Its exact meaning can vary depending on the context.
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
not positive; without affirmative statement or demonstration; indirect; consisting in the absence of something; privative; as, a negative argument; a negative morality; negative criticism
asserting absence of connection between a subject and a predicate; as, a negative proposition
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
metalloidal; nonmetallic; -- contracted with positive or basic; as, the nitro group is negative
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
a word used in denial or refusal; as, not, no
the refusal or withholding of assents; veto
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
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
the negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell
to prove unreal or intrue; to disprove
to reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction; as, the Senate negatived the bill
to neutralize the force of; to counteract
Etymology: [F. ngatif, L. negativus, fr. negare to deny. See Negation.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
neg′a-tiv, adj. that denies or refuses—opp. to Affirmative: implying absence: that stops, hinders, neutralises—opp. to Positive: in photography, exhibiting the reverse, as dark for light, light for dark: (logic) denying the connection between a subject and a predicate: (algebra) noting a quantity to be subtracted.—n. a word or statement by which something is denied: the right or act of saying 'no,' or of refusing assent: the side of a question or the decision which denies what is affirmed: in photography, an image on glass or other medium, in which the lights and shades are the opposite of those in nature, used for printing positive impressions from on paper, &c.: (gram.) a word that denies.—v.t. to prove the contrary: to reject by vote.—adv. Neg′atively.—ns. Neg′ativeness, Neg′ativism, Negativ′ity.—adj. Neg′atory, expressing denial.—Negative bath, a silver solution in which photographic negatives are placed to be sensitised; Negative electricity, electricity with a relatively low potential, electricity such as is developed by rubbing resinous bodies with flannel, opposite to that obtained by rubbing glass; Negative quantity (math.), a quantity with a minus sign ( - ) before it, indicating that it is either to be subtracted, or reckoned in an opposite direction from some other with a plus sign; Negative sign, the sign ( - or minus) of subtraction. [L. negativus—negāre, to deny.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
This term is sometimes used to express the result of measures or enterprises which, though not entirely successful, are not productive of serious or mischievous consequences. Hence the British expeditions to Spain and Walcheren may be considered as having had negative success.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'negative' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2374
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'negative' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1803
Rank popularity for the word 'negative' in Adjectives Frequency: #295
The numerical value of negative in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of negative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Avoid destructive thinking. Improper negative thoughts sink people. A ship can sail around the world many, many times, but just let enough water get into the ship and it will sink. Just so with the human mind. Let enough negative thoughts or improper thoughts get into the human mind and the person sinks just like a ship.
Don't avoid people who create negative states within you. We have a tendency to turn around and walk away, but they are going to require you to reevaluate yourself and see yourself in a new light. Sally doesn't upset you. You upset you. She puts you in a negative state because she doesn't meet your expectations. Well, tough for you.
I think we are bound to get to negative (transaction) yields eventually on these companies, investors are having to choose between a bank deposit rate that is negative and a company rate that is slightly less negative. The company may be the better credit risk, particularly if it is AAA-rated.
Liquid hydrogen is at a negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit( negative 268 degrees Celsius), liquid oxygen is negative 273( negative 169 degrees Celsius), so it's very cold substances, i used to participate in this back in the Shuttle Program and it's like watching a ballet. You've got pressure, volume and temperature. And you're really kind of working all those parameters to have a successful tanking operation.
The impact on future jurors has been documented by studies confirming that negative publicity contributes to negative results.
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Translations for negative
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- سلبي, صورة سالبةArabic
- estrictament negatiu, negatiuCatalan, Valencian
- negativní, záporný, negativCzech
- Negativ, schlecht, NegativfilmGerman
- negatibo, ezkorBasque
- kielto, negatiivinen, kielteinen, veto, kieltosana, vahingollinen, luku, suure, negatiivi, veto-oikeus, vastustusFinnish
- strictement négatif, film négatif, négatifFrench
- diúltach, claonchlóIrish
- שלילי, תשליל, נגטיב, שליליתHebrew
- negativa, negativoItalian
- 負, 否定, ネガフィルム, 否定的なJapanese
- 음, 소극적인Korean
- negatief, minDutch
- negativa, negativoPortuguese
- отрицание, отрицательный, отрицательная величина, негатив, негативныйRussian
- olumsuz, negatifTurkish
- tiêu cựcVietnamese
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