1. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: positive neutral non perverse antagonistic destructive pessimistic unsupportive quality
2. [ adjective ] reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
Related terms: backward
3. [ adjective ] expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial
Related terms: affirmative dissentient dismissive unfavorable disinclined
4. [ noun ] a reply of denial

"he answered in the negative"

Related terms: affirmative denial no nay double_negative veto
5. [ adjective ] having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant

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

Related terms: bad
6. [ adjective ] (mathematics) less than zero

"a negative number"

Related terms: mathematics minus
7. [ adjective ] involving disadvantage or harm
Synonyms: minus

"minus (or negative) factors"

Related terms: disadvantageous
8. [ adjective ] (physics) having a negative electric charge
Synonyms: electronegative

"electrons are negative"

Related terms: positive neutral polarity
9. [ adjective ] designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions
Synonyms: damaging

"negative criticism"

Related terms: destructive
10. [ adjective ] (medicine) not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition
Synonyms: disconfirming

"the HIV test was negative"

Related terms: positive medicine
11. [ verb ] (politics) vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent
Synonyms: veto blackball

"The President vetoed the bill"

Related terms: oppose kill veto vote
12. [ noun ] (photography) a piece of photographic film showing an image with black and white tones reversed
Related terms: film
Similar spelling:   negatively