Nearby words

  1. nefud desert,
  2. neg,
  3. neg.,
  4. negate,
  5. negation,
  6. negative accommodation,
  7. negative amortization,
  8. negative base excess,
  9. negative catalyst,
  10. negative convergence

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

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for negative

Derived Formsnegatively, adverbnegativeness or negativity, noun

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Word Origin and History for negative
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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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