Idioms

    in the negative, in the form of a negative response, as a refusal, denial, or disagreement; no: The reply, when it finally came, was in the negative.

Origin of negative

1350–1400; < Latin negātīvus denying (see negate, -ive); replacing Middle English negatif (noun and adj.) < Middle French < Latin as above

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British Dictionary definitions for negative

Derived Forms

negatively, adverbnegativeness or negativity, noun
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Medicine definitions for negative

negative

[ nĕgə-tĭv ]

adj.

Expressing, containing, or consisting of a negation, refusal, or denial.
Marked by failure of response or absence of a reaction.
Not indicating the presence of microorganisms, disease, or a specific condition.
Moving or turning away from a stimulus, such as light.
Relating to or designating an electric charge of the same sign as that of an electron.

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Science definitions for negative

negative

[ nĕgə-tĭv ]

Less than zero.
Having the electric charge or voltage less than zero.
Devoid of evidence of a suspected condition or disease, as a diagnostic test.

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