- involving or noting subtraction; minus.
- measured or proceeding in the direction opposite to that which is considered as positive.
- of, relating to, or characterized by negative electricity.
- indicating a point in a circuit that has a lower potential than that of another point, the current flowing from the point of higher potential to the point of lower potential.
- (of blood, affected tissue, etc.) failing to indicate the presence of a specified medical condition or substance.
- (of a diagnostic test) failing to indicate the presence of the medical condition or substance tested for:Test results for skin cancer were negative.
- (of a person) not having a specified medical condition, or not having a specified substance in the body (often used in combination):She tested negative for a staph infection.I'm Rh-negative.
- a minus sign.
- a negative quantity or symbol.
verb (used with object), neg·a·tived, neg·a·tiv·ing.
Origin of negative
Synonyms for negative
Related Words for negativeunfavorable, adverse, pessimistic, gloomy, weak, resisting, jaundiced, opposing, removed, contrary, con, recusant, refusing, anti, dissenting, denying, refutation, denial, nay
Examples from the Web for negative
Contemporary Examples of negative
Myerson herself appears to have bought into that stigma, offering mixed to negative views on the Miss America pageant.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
I think part of being in the public eye is getting recognized, and dealing with positive and negative scrutiny.Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity
December 22, 2014
In addition to the negative on-field attention, off-the-field problems were just as bad this year.Is Any College Football Coach Worth $60 Million? Jim Harbaugh Is
December 20, 2014
The negative headlines and accusations of sexual assault continue.Team Cosby’s Mission Impossible
December 18, 2014
He says he has yet to experience any negative feedback from the galaxy of Whovians.Doctor Who: It’s Time For a Black, Asian, or Woman Doctor
December 11, 2014
Historical Examples of negative
It is a negative power, and is conservative in its character.
They have begun so cruelly with me, that I have not spirit enough to assert my own negative.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
And, the reply being in the negative, had said, 'Then I won't look at you.'Little Dorrit
A few took up the refrain, but the general tone was negative.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
You may say if you like that Robespierre was (in a negative sort of way) mad.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
- measured in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
- having the same magnitude but opposite sense to an equivalent positive quantity
- (of an electric charge) having the same polarity as the charge of an electron
- (of a body, system, ion, etc) having a negative electric charge; having an excess of electrons
- (of a point in an electric circuit) having a lower electrical potential than some other point with an assigned zero potential
c.1400, "expressing denial," from Old French negatif (13c.) and directly from Latin negativus "that which denies," from negat-, past participle stem of negare "deny, say no" (see deny). Meaning "expressing negation" is from c.1500; that of "characterized by absence" is from 1560s. Algebraic sense is from 1670s. The electricity sense is from 1755.
Negative Capability, that is when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact and reason. [John Keats, letter, Dec. 21, 1817]
late 14c., "a prohibition; absence, nonexistence; opposite," from Old French negatif and directly from Latin negativus (see negative (adj.)). Meaning "a negative statement" is from 1560s. As a response, "I refuse, disagree, no," from 1945. Meaning "a negative quality" is from 1640s. In mathematics, "a negative number," from 1706. Photographic sense first recorded 1853.