- 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.
THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?
Idioms for negative
Origin of negative
OTHER WORDS FROM negative
Words nearby negative
Example sentences from the Web for negative
Attitudes toward China have turned negative in the past few years.Poll: Sharp partisan differences now exist on foreign policy, views of American exceptionalism|Dan Balz, Scott Clement|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
I think when we get into April, in the warmer weather, that has a very negative effect on that and that type of a virus.Timeline: The 124 times Trump has downplayed the coronavirus threat|Aaron Blake, JM Rieger|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
This was a clue that the polio virus used in the vaccines might not have been fully inactivated as was intended even though the samples otherwise tested negative for live polio virus.On COVID-19 vaccines, Big Pharma knows to just say ‘no’|matthewheimer|September 11, 2020|Fortune
In an election year, and after dealing with many negative blows to its image, Facebook is trying to reestablish itself as the original social-media company, which in the case of Campus means turning back to its roots.
More than 70% of the posts were negative, while only 13% of the comments were positive.Disney’s ‘Mulan’ is set for a disappointing debut in the market it’s courted most|Claire Zillman, reporter|September 10, 2020|Fortune
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?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I think part of being in the public eye is getting recognized, and dealing with positive and negative scrutiny.
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|Jesse Lawrence|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The negative headlines and accusations of sexual assault continue.
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|Nico Hines|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Before Louis could answer in the negative, he heard voices in the adjoining garden.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
The great majority belong to the colon bacillus group, and are negative to Gram's method of staining.
This is a minute, slender rod, which lies within and between the pus-corpuscles (Fig. 125), and is negative to Gram's stain.
The organism is a short, thick diplobacillus, is frequently intracellular, and is Gram-negative (Fig. 126).
The press censorship is a negative evil in London; in Cairo there is no doubt it is positive.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for negative
- 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