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Definitions of negative

  1. To prove the contrary; to reject by vote. Negative electricity, a deficiency of the electric fluid; resinous electricity. Negative pregnants, the negation of the thing implying the affirmation of another. Negative quantity, a minus quantity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To prove unreal or intrue; to disprove. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction; as, the Senate negatived the bill. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To neutralize the force of; to counteract. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To deny the truth of; to refuse assent to; dismiss or reject by vote. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To prove the contrary: to reject by vote. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To prove the contrary; deny or reject. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To disprove; to dismiss or reject by a vote; to refuse to enact or sanction. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. a piece of photographic film showing an image with black and white tones reversed Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. a reply of denial; "he answered in the negative" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A word used in denial or refusal; as, not, no. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. The refusal or withholding of assents; veto. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. A refusal or denial; the side of a question which denies what the opposite side affirms; as, to support the negative in a debate; a word expressing denial; as, to reply with a negative; right of veto; a picture in which right and left and light and shade are the reverse of those in the original: used to print a positive picture; in mathematics, a quantity less than zero or the symbol denoting such a quantity; in electricity, the plate in the cell which is not positive. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. A proposition by which something is denied: (gram.) a word that denies. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. NEGATIVENESS. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. A denial, or word indicating it. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. Something expressing negation or denial. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Phot. A picture having the lights and shades reversed. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. A proposition by which something is denied; a word that denies; the right of veto; the opposite of the affirmative; a photograph in which the lights and shades of the object are the reverse of those in nature. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. A word which denies, as not, no; a proposition by which something is denied; the right or power of withholding assent; the position taken up by a party who opposes or denies; in photography, a picture, either on paper or glass, having the lights and shadows I reversed, from which positives or ordinary photographs may be taken in unlimited numbers. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. Negatively. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions; "negative criticism" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. having a negative electric charge; "electrons are negative" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  28. involving disadvantage or harm; "minus (or negative) factors" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  29. expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  30. reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  31. having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant; "ran a negative campaign"; "delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  32. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  33. (mathematics) less than zero; "a negative number" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  34. less than zero; "a negative number" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  35. not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition; "the HIV test was negative" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  36. Asserting absence of connection between a subject and a predicate; as, a negative proposition. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. Metalloidal; nonmetallic; - contracted with positive or basic; as, the nitro group is negative. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. Implying refusal or denial; refusing assent; not positive; having the power of veto; in mathematics, noting a quantity to be subtracted; in photography, showing left and right, and dark and light reversed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  41. That denies: implying absence: that stops or restrains: (logic) denying the connection between a subject and predicate: (algebra) noting a quantity to be subtracted. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  42. Denying; implying absence. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  43. Expressing or implying denial or negation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. Implying denial, absence, or refusal; having the power of vetoing. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  45. Implying denial; returning the answer no to an inquiry or request; opposed to affirmative; opposed to positive, as negative morality-that is, that which merely contents itself with abstaining from evil; without positive statement; tending to prove the opposite; having the power of stopping or withholding. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for negative

  1. In English a single negative is always to be employed. – Selections from Viri Romae by Charles François L'Homond
  2. Now Matilda would have liked very much to go, on one side of the question; yet her answer was a grateful negative – Trading by Susan Warner
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