- 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 negativelyskeptically, negatively, separately, individually, variously, adversely, unusually, abnormally, antagonistically, antithetically, asymmetrically, conflictingly, contradictorily, contrarily, contrastingly, contrastively, discordantly, disparately, distinctively, divergently
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Contemporary Examples of negatively
One of the reasons the Vikings are viewed so negatively is that their violence could seem wanton or irrational.How the Vikings Saved Europe and Got a Terrible Reputation
September 17, 2014
On the other hand, Muslims worldwide are likely, on the whole, to react negatively to the pronouncement.ISIS Risks Everything to Declare a Caliphate
June 29, 2014
For that reason, black holes can influence star formation, both positively and negatively.The Supermassive Black Hole Smokescreen
Matthew R. Francis
June 22, 2014
Can you give specific examples of how this could negatively impact Americans?Weed Gave My Family Everything—Then Took It Away
April 9, 2014
The city council's decision to ban the public use of e-cigarettes is highly unlikely to negatively impact Henley.New York’s Nanny-State E-Cig Ban
December 20, 2013
Historical Examples of negatively
He just raised his head when I looked in and shook it negatively, pursing up his lips.
She moved her rigidly set face from left to right, negatively.
One can only say negatively that these faces are not Christian.Dreamers of the Ghetto
She shook her head back at me negatively, I wonder why to this day.Falk
Let me say first, negatively, what is not the province of this sex.The Young Maiden
A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
- 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.