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negative

neg·a·tive

negative

 
pronunciation:
ne g tihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: expressing or consisting of a negation or denial.
She received only negative responses to her question. (Cf. positive.).
antonyms:
affirmative, positive
definition 2: critical; cynical; pessimistic.
her negative feelings toward her daughter-in-law
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synonyms:
bad, critical, cynical, pessimistic
antonyms:
approving, favorable, good, optimistic, positive
similar words:
angry, doleful, faultfinding, gloomy, hostile, ill
definition 3: indicating a number or quantity less than zero. (Cf. positive.)
a negative number such as -5
antonyms:
positive
definition 4: characterized by opposition; resistant.
a negative reaction to his suggestion. (Cf. positive.)
synonyms:
adverse, conflicting, contrary, oppositional, resistant
antonyms:
approving, favorable, positive
similar words:
antagonistic, antipathetic, bad, contentious, disapproving, hostile, inimical, reluctant, unfavorable
definition 5: in physics, indicating something that has fewer protons than electrons. (Cf. positive.)
antonyms:
positive
definition 6: disadvantageous, unfavorable, or undesirable; bad.
His father's abandonment of him had a negative impact on his personality.
antonyms:
positive
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a statement, action, or gesture indicating opposition or denial.
synonyms:
nay, negation, no, thumbs down, turndown
antonyms:
positive
similar words:
blackball, denial, repudiation
definition 2: a statement or expression that is the opposite of affirmative.
synonyms:
antipode, antithesis, converse, opposite
antonyms:
affirmative, positive
similar words:
contrary, inverse, reverse
definition 3: a photographic image on which light areas of the positive appear dark and dark areas appear light. (Cf. positive.)
 
antonyms:
positive
definition 4: a quality or characteristic that is negative.
antonyms:
positive
similar words:
blemish, blot, defect, deficiency, drawback, failing, fault, flaw, imperfection, shortcoming, weakness
definition 5: a number or quantity less than zero. (Cf. positive.)
antonyms:
positive
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: negatived, negatives, negativing
definition 1: to deny approval to; negate; veto.
synonyms:
deny, disallow, negate, reject, veto
antonyms:
affirm
similar words:
abrogate, decline, forbid, invalidate, nullify, prohibit, refuse, repeal, void
definition 2: to prove false; disprove.
synonyms:
confute, disprove, invalidate, negate, rebut, refute
antonyms:
affirm
similar words:
belie, contradict, contravene, discredit, dispute, gainsay
definition 3: to counteract.
synonyms:
counteract, countervail, neutralize
similar words:
cancel, compensate, counterbalance, invalidate, offset, overcome, reverse, undo
derivations: negatively (adv.), negativeness (n.), negativity (n.)
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The word negative contains the following part:
neg Latin root that means no
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