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electronegative

[ ih-lek-troh-neg-uh-tiv ]
/ ɪˌlɛk troʊˈnɛg ə tɪv /
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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.
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Origin of electronegative

First recorded in 1800–10; electro- + negative

OTHER WORDS FROM electronegative

e·lec·tro·neg·a·tiv·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for electronegative

electronegative
/ (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈnɛɡətɪv) /

adjective
having a negative electric charge
(of an atom, group, molecule, etc) tending to gain or attract electrons and form negative ions or polarized bondsCompare electropositive
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Scientific definitions for electronegative

electronegative
[ ĭ-lĕk′trō-nĕgə-tĭv ]

Tending to attract electrons and to form a negative ion. Nonmetals are generally electronegative.
Having a negative electric charge.
Capable of acting as a negative electrode.
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