What does negative mean?

Definitions for negative
ˈnɛg ə tɪvneg·a·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  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"

Wiktionary

  1. negative(Noun)

    refusal or withholding of assents; veto, prohibition

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

  2. negative(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

  3. negative(Noun)

    a word that indicates negation

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

  4. negative(Noun)

    a negative quantity

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

  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.

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

  6. negative(Verb)

    To veto

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

  7. negative(Verb)

    To contradict

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

  8. negative(Verb)

    To disprove

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

  9. negative(Adjective)

    not positive or neutral

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

  10. negative(Adjective)

    of electrical charge of an electron and related particles

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

  11. negative(Adjective)

    of number, less than zero

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

  12. negative(Adjective)

    denying a proposition

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

  13. negative(Adjective)

    damaging; undesirable; unfavourable

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

  14. negative(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

  15. negative(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From negativus, from negare; see negate.

Webster Dictionary

  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

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

  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

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

  3. Negative(adj)

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

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

  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

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

  5. Negative(adj)

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

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

  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

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

  7. Negative(noun)

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

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

  8. Negative(noun)

    the refusal or withholding of assents; veto

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

  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

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

  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

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

  11. Negative(noun)

    the negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell

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

  12. Negative(verb)

    to prove unreal or intrue; to disprove

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

  13. Negative(verb)

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

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

  14. Negative(verb)

    to neutralize the force of; to counteract

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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Negative

    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. negativusnegāre, to deny.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. negative

    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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  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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of negative in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of negative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of negative in a Sentence

  1. Mark Cutifani:

    This strategy generally has a net negative effect, moreover, we can't rely on a reversal of this price slump any time soon. 2016 is already shaping up to be the most challenging yet. Opinions are divided on whether we have reached the bottom of the cycle... So things may still get worse before they get better. Anglo American announced plans in December to whittle down Anglo American business to cope with severe falls in commodity prices. The plan involves offloading three-fifths of its assets.

  2. Kim Min-jeong:

    Women used to think muscles would have side effects, or negative effects, on their body type and looks.

  3. Paul Hokemeyer:

    When we engage in the world through narcissistic acts, we invoke a host of negative reactions from others,

  4. Keith Bowman:

    Yet another profit warning has shocked investors, with a review of its current shareholder payments policy a major negative, additional headwinds for selected aerospace and offshore marine markets have been flagged, including sharply lower volumes of corporate jets and ongoing difficulties for its oil-impacted Marine business.

  5. Julie Stelzig:

    It is not a crime to think negative thoughts about people.

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