- negative [neg′ə tiv]adj.[ME negatife < OFr or L: OFr négatif < L negativus < negatus: see NEGATION]1. containing, expressing, or implying a denial or refusal; that says “no” [a negative reply]2. opposite to something regarded as positive; specif.,a) lacking in positive character or qualityb) lacking evidence, affirmation, etc.c) having the effect of diminishing, depriving, or denyingd) faultfinding, antagonistic, destructive, etc. [negative criticism, a negative political campaign]3. Biol. directed away from the source of a stimulus [negative tropism ]☆ 4. Elec.a) of, generating, or charged with negative electricityb) having an excess of electrons5. Logic denying something about a subject [“no reptiles are warmblooded” is a negative proposition]6. Math. designating a quantity less than zero, or one to be subtracted; minus quantity7. Med. not having or not demonstrating, showing, or proving the presence or existence of a condition, infection, symptoms, bacteria, etc. [a patient who is negative for TB; the X-rays were negative]8. Photog. reversing the relation of light and shade of the subjectadv., interj.no; not so: so used in radio communicationn.1. a word, affix, phrase, etc. that denies, rejects, or refuses (Ex.: no, not, by no means)2. a statement of denial, refusal, or rejection3. the point of view that denies or attacks the positive or affirmative [the negative won the debate]4. an undesirable element or quality; drawback, shortcoming, defect, etc.5. an impression of something, as a sculpture, that shows it in reverse6. Obs. the right of veto7. Elec. a terminal, electrode, or plate having an excess of electrons flowing out toward a positive terminal, electrode, or plate, as in a storage battery or dry cell8. Math. a quantity less than zero, or one to be subtracted; minus quantity9. Photog. an exposed and developed photographic film or plate on which light and shadow are the reverse of what they are in the positive printed from thisvt.negatived, negativing1.a) to refuse; reject☆ b) to veto (a candidate, motion, or bill)2. to deny; contradict3. to prove false; disprove4. to counteract; neutralizeinterj.no! not so!not so!——————in the negative1. in refusal or denial of a plan, suggestion, etc.2. with a denial or negative answernegativelyadv.negativenessn.negativity
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.