Adjective "negative" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Consisting in or characterized by the absence rather than the presence of distinguishing features.
  1. 'that, I take it, was a negative answer'
  2. 'If the answer is negative then surely we have a stake in any debate about reform of that state, otherwise we leave the field free to the real enemies of public services.'
  3. 'But times have changed since the last vote and two more reasons for a negative vote have been added.'
  4. '‘Instead of having doors opened to us, we have received only negative answers,’ said Alvarez.'
  5. 'In Vietnam, for example, a direct refusal or negative answer is considered impolite and crude.'
  6. 'That would have at least prevented the embarrassment of negative votes, which is really what this is all about.'
  7. 'However, much to the surprise of Mr. Antony, there was a negative answer from a few.'
  8. 'I don't believe so but we may and if we have a negative answer, I will stand here in front of you in March and share that with you and we'll have to talk about it together.'
  9. 'If the answer is negative, ask about any history of tobacco use.'
  10. 'Here's a negative vote of confidence in the Bahamas.'
  11. 'She has never given a negative answer to a producer or director who has approached her.'
  12. 'All 10 samples that were non-reactive on repeat testing gave negative results on immunoblotting.'
  13. 'If this combination is used, women with negative results on both tests should be rescreened no more than every three years.'
  14. 'When test results are negative, it may help reduce maternal anxiety earlier.'
  15. 'Autoimmune makers and hepatitis B and C serologic test results were negative.'
  16. 'All the test results were negative for residual disease until October 1998.'
  17. 'In addition, a patch test should show a negative result.'
  18. 'If these results are negative, further testing to rule out HCV is indicated.'
  19. 'The Irish Department of Agriculture yesterday lifted trade restrictions in Co Louth following negative test results.'
  20. 'But we know from past tests that labs with substandard methodology were used and therefore the test results were negative for DU.'
  21. 'A negative test result was usually an accurate indication that the client did not have the disorder.'
  22. 'all the patients have tested negative for TB'
  23. 'Coincidentally, I had just had my appendix out and the blood test had shown that I was negative at the time, so I took a doctor's certificate to the newspapers.'
  24. 'He has multiple tick bites in the recent past, however, he tested negative for Lyme disease.'
  25. 'She was checked for Cushings disease but was negative.'
  26. 'Table 3 shows the results for women who stayed HPV negative compared with women who stayed HPV positive.'
  27. 'Fifty-one of 77 patients tested negative for all the antibodies examined.'
  28. 'they were described as having negative vulnerability to water entry'
  29. 'This view arises from the use of the Pali term anatta, which involves the attaching of a negative prefix to the word for self.'
(of a person, attitude, or situation) not desirable or optimistic.
  1. 'not all the news is negative'
  2. 'Parrish focused specifically on the effect of the wall on children in the area and the negative psychological effects on the population.'
  3. 'Optimism can counteract the negative impact stress, tension and anxiety has on your immune system and well-being.'
  4. 'What effects do you think negative politicking will have on this election and future elections?'
  5. 'Obviously there are individual differences in sensitivity to the effects of negative stereotypes on performance.'
  6. 'I'm no optimist but your negative ranting is bemusing.'
  7. 'I hope that there are more people in the world who have an optimistic view than a negative one.'
  8. 'It showed that women and their families felt recent changes in maternity services had a more negative than positive effect.'
  9. 'Here, we consider the concept of negative advertising and the effects such practices have on modern-day campaigning.'
  10. 'Are there negative health effects from subtle racism?'
  11. 'We have been following more on western way of life whose effects have been negative.'
(of a quantity) less than zero.
  1. 'It is a sobering thought that eight hundred years later European mathematics would be struggling to cope without the use of negative numbers and of zero.'
  2. 'The Arabs did not know about the advances of the Hindus so they had neither negative quantities nor abbreviations for their unknowns.'
  3. 'As negative values of x get closer to zero, the value of f gets closer to zero.'
  4. 'Given that he was building on the knowledge and understanding of Brahmagupta it is not surprising that Bhaskaracharya understood about zero and negative numbers.'
  5. 'That's why we had to invent negative integers, to introduce a new set Z for which the statement'
  6. 'Integers are the whole numbers, negative whole numbers, and zero.'
  7. 'If you win the bid and your score for that hand is negative (below zero) you lose nothing and get 1 point.'
  8. 'Find the smallest index of a basic (left-hand side) variables with a negative value.'
  9. 'The measurement begins at zero, and as the negative number increases below zero, so does the severity of myopia.'
  10. 'Brahmagupta attempted to give the rules for arithmetic involving zero and negative numbers in the seventh century.'
  11. 'The Japanese economy, the second largest in the world, has recorded low or negative growth rates throughout the 1990s.'
  12. 'Japan needs a deliberate inflation and negative real interest rates in order to reduce its excessive total debt and allow for recovery.'
  13. 'With still negative real short-term interest rates in the US and parts of the eurozone, there will be a lot of money around for a while yet.'
  14. 'Some non-oil commodities are still showing negative growth.'
  15. 'A donkey can avoid bad debts in a climate of strong economic growth, and negative real interest rates.'
  16. 'Real interest rates have been negative since October 2002.'
  17. 'Part of this negative growth rate was due to emigration.'
  18. 'But still, we only had one quarter of negative growth, and this year we're going to grow at 4 percent.'
  19. 'The current recession - defined as two straight quarters of negative growth - began last March.'
  20. 'Some are even talking of stagflation - a damaging combination of high inflation and negative growth that has not reared its ugly head since the 1970s.'
Containing, producing, or denoting the kind of electric charge carried by electrons.
  1. 'Water molecules have poles of positive and negative electric charge that are known to create attractive forces between cells, known as van der Waals forces.'
  2. 'These sheets also carry a negative charge which is balanced by positive ions bound between sheets.'
  3. 'If the positive charge of the nucleus equals the negative charge of the electrons, the atom as a whole carries no charge.'
  4. 'Because nucleic acids always carry a negative charge, separation of nucleic acids occurs strictly by molecular size.'
  5. 'All electrons are alike: they all carry the same negative charge, and they repel each other.'
  6. 'When the balloon is held up to a wall, the negative charge causes the electrons in the wall to move away from the area.'
  7. 'In solution, these strands have a slight negative electric charge, a fact that makes for some fascinating chemistry.'
  8. 'Since the DPPG lipid molecule carries a negative charge, an equal number of sodium ions were added to the system as counterions.'
  9. 'These ions usually carry several negative charges, so that potential barrier for them is expected to be very high.'
  10. 'We take as givens the forces of gravity, the laws of nature, the ideas that an electron has a negative charge and the protons a positive charge.'
(of a photographic image) showing light and shade or colours reversed from those of the original.
  1. 'The magic of photography takes negative images and can turn them into positive things of beauty, it fits so well with our theme.'
  2. 'This whole process produces a black-and-white negative image of the subject photographed.'
  3. 'Look at a bright light and look away, and you see the negative image of it.'
Relating to or denoting any of the earth or water signs, considered passive in nature.
    (in Parliament) relating to or denoting proposed legislation which will come into force after a specified period unless explicitly rejected in a parliamentary vote.
    1. 'While such legislation is subject to parliamentary scrutiny, it is mostly by negative resolution procedure, so that this scrutiny is rarely rigorous.'


    A word or statement that expresses denial, disagreement, or refusal.
    1. 'But it truly saddens me that a few people have indeed asked if I am going to sue and have been more than a touch surprised when I have answered them in the negative.'
    2. 'She was also asked specifically as to whether or not anyone else stayed in the basement with Orville and responded in the negative.'
    3. 'Citing historical evidence, Marshall answers his own query in the negative.'
    4. 'I'm tall also, so I look him in the eye and reply in the negative.'
    5. 'Asked if he found any involvement of the ‘foreign hand’, he replied in the negative.'
    6. 'Frightened, the young Ethiopian responded in the negative.'
    7. 'He was asked if he wanted to receive the Nobel and he replied in the negative which greatly surprised the other people on the show.'
    8. 'I nodded at the vague words I captured from her answer as I headed towards the door, only halting when I realised that she had replied in the negative.'
    9. 'Posterity has tended to answer that question in the negative.'
    10. 'To my great disappointment, his reply was in the negative.'
    11. 'confidence will not be instilled by harping solely on the negative'
    12. 'Still, the benefit of having such an amazing arsenal definitely outweighs the negatives.'
    13. 'So what was intended to benefit workers was in fact a real negative in that situation.'
    14. 'To see and acknowledge the negative in a situation and embrace whatever positive is there - that is the true definition of courage.'
    15. 'To dwell on the negative of the situation was pointless, so I sought to find the good.'
    16. 'Of course, the heritage of many people contains negatives, particularly when they come from a country riven by war or ethnic and religious hatreds.'
    17. 'The only negative about this particular concert is that the German audience doesn't really know how to respond to this music.'
    18. 'Re-reading P G Wodehouse's The Code of the Woosters the other day reminded me of the many words in English which are the negatives of words whose positive forms are now obsolete or rare.'
    19. 'Hence the perceived strangeness of They could give a damn, which has no overt negative, but means the same thing as the same phrase with a negative.'
    A negative photographic image made on film or specially prepared glass, from which positive prints may be made.
    1. 'Over the years, 8500 prints and glass plate negatives of the sisters have come to be housed there.'
    2. 'Any dust on the APHS film during exposure of the enlarged negative will show in the final print as a black spot.'
    3. 'Traditionally, a photomontage is a single print made by superimposing several images enlarged from different negatives.'
    4. 'The collection of photographic images extends to 600 glass plate negatives, dating from the Edwardian period through to the 1920s.'
    5. 'A week ago we were attacked in my apartment, the attackers went through my darkroom and took the prints and negatives of all my photographic work over the last year but they weren't that good.'
    6. 'Colour negatives will often lith print very well and much better than they do with other black and white printing methods.'
    7. 'When dry, the photographer contact prints the negative onto the tissue.'
    8. 'This is conceivable but unlikely; there are no extant negatives, and contemporary reports stated the plates were destroyed.'
    9. 'In this article, I am primarily concerned with photographic prints rather than negatives.'
    10. 'They are one-of-a-kind photographs that cannot be easily reproduced (unlike prints from negatives or transparencies).'
    A result of a test or experiment indicating that a certain substance or condition is not present or does not exist.
    1. 'I don't think so, because DNA evidence is so accurate that I think that having false negatives is a rarity.'
    2. 'I'm sure there are some false negatives there, but if this is mostly about right, this means that at least half of the people who visit our site are now regular readers.'
    3. 'This would, according to the present model, reduce a significant amount of false negatives.'
    4. 'Most doctors chose to remove all surrounding lymph nodes instead of running the risk of a false negative.'
    5. 'Using the suggested limits of normality may result in an unnecessarily large number of false negatives.'
    6. 'This minimizes false negatives, but, to interpret the search results accurately, one must be willing to review individual entries carefully.'
    7. 'Several compounds added to urine may create false negatives, but laboratories now test for them.'
    8. 'However, you have to trade this off against the effects on people who got false negatives if the test were not biased to produce every possible positive.'
    9. 'Is the antibody test a false positive or the histological examination a false negative?'
    10. 'To avoid false negatives, in each FISH experiment the same hybridization mixture, with combined probes, was used in slides made from different species.'
    The part of an electric circuit that is at a lower electrical potential than another part designated as having zero electrical potential.
      A number less than zero.
      1. 'Of course the problem which arises when one tries to consider zero and negatives as numbers is how they interact in regard to the operations of arithmetic, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.'


      Refuse to accept; reject.
      1. 'So when these things happen, one does not say: that was an extraordinary coincidence, which negatived the causal connection between the original act of accumulating the polluting substance and its escape.'
      2. 'In Chiredzi North, the judge said that corrupt practices had not been proved, but the widespread violence and intimidation of the electorate negatived the concept of a free election, and she therefore declared the election void.'
      3. 'Having said that, there seems to be a good deal to be said for John McMullen's argument for a statutory provision to negative the application of frustration.'
      4. 'It did not refer in any way to the Crown having to negative a claim of right and it did not identify the facts or knowledge relied upon for saying that the application was dishonest.'
      5. 'It was not suggested that the possibility of a fall in the market was unforeseeable or that there was any other factor which negatived the causal connection between lending and losing the money.'
      6. 'Either aspect of mistake, whether it be mistake as contended for, or as referred to by the trial judge here, or as we would contend for, is something which has to be negatived, if raised, of course.'
      7. 'Again it was to prove a fickle promise as Costello negatived it at the other end just five minutes later.'
      Render ineffective; neutralize.
      1. 'He acknowledges the GAA's attempt to speed up the game with the free and line-ball from the hand, but feels it has been negatived by stoppages for lectures and cards.'
      2. 'It is right to acknowledge, however, that the contractual position as between the parties may also negative the imposition of a duty of care in tort.'
      3. 'Pat Coady posted Carlow in front with a pointed free after two minutes, a score which Jack O'Shea negatived three minutes later.'
      4. 'Where V consents only as a result of D's threats or as a result of fear, this will negative consent.'
      5. 'The defendant did not have an opportunity to offer evidence at the trial that would have negatived an application of the theory to the circumstances of the case.'
      6. 'In considering the question whether there was a reasonable possibility of inspection, it is not open to the claimants to say that they reasonably relied on competent advisers and on that account the duty is not negatived.'
      7. 'It is a dreadful initiative in policy terms, but electorally appears to have been successful in negativing any northern suburb's fears about Labor being soft on crime.'
      8. 'Cleland is the personification of more than Kerry's war bona fides; he is the living witness to negative Republican tactics.'
      9. 'However, the real drama was to come with the referee the focus of attention after an Eoin Kelly point was negatived by the Limerick full-back T.J. Ryan.'
      10. 'On the restart Maynooth's Cummins had the opening score when he slotted over a fine point but this was negatived two minutes later when Tullow midfielder Conor Doyle shot over a glorious point from out on the right wing.'


      1. expressing or containing negation or denial: a negative response to the question.

      2. refusing consent, as to a proposal: a negative reply to my request.

      3. expressing refusal to do something: He maintained a negative attitude about cooperating.

      4. prohibitory, as a command or order.

      5. characterized by the absence of distinguishing or marked qualities or features; lacking positive attributes (opposed to positive): a dull, lifeless, negative character.

      6. lacking in

      More examples(as adjective)

      "people can be negative on markets."

      "surveys can be negative for places."

      "people can be negative on stocks."

      "people can be negative in terms."

      "markets can be negative on dollars."

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      Late Middle English: from late Latin negativus, from negare ‘deny’ (see negate).