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[ih-lek-troh-neg-uh-tiv] /ɪˌlɛk troʊˈnɛg ə tɪv/
adjective, Physical Chemistry.
containing negative electricity; tending to migrate to the positive pole in electrolysis.
assuming negative potential when in contact with a dissimilar substance.
Origin of electronegative
First recorded in 1800-10; electro- + negative
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electronegativity, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for electronegative


having a negative electric charge
(of an atom, group, molecule, etc) tending to gain or attract electrons and form negative ions or polarized bonds Compare electropositive
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electronegative in Medicine

electronegative e·lec·tro·neg·a·tive (ĭ-lěk'trō-něg'ə-tĭv)

  1. Having a negative electric charge.

  2. Tending to attract electrons to form a chemical bond.

  3. Capable of acting as a negative electrode.

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electronegative in Science
  1. Tending to attract electrons and to form a negative ion. Nonmetals are generally electronegative.

  2. Having a negative electric charge.

  3. Capable of acting as a negative electrode.

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