- 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.
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The good news is there are ways to mitigate the negative effects of isolation partially thanks to technology.The pandemic problem tech can’t solve: Physical touch|Danielle Abril|August 23, 2020|Fortune
Meanwhile, the platform has a negative net favorability among all age groups older than 24, and -20 points for Americans age 65 and up.Half of Americans oppose Trump’s potential ban of TikTok|Lance Lambert|August 21, 2020|Fortune
To be sure, around half of the respondents it surveyed had a negative view towards ads on websites.‘The inevitable maturation of the industry’: Desktop ad blocking is past its peak|Lara O'Reilly|August 20, 2020|Digiday
Criteo is forecasting third-quarter revenue of between $171 million and $173 million, a 20% to 21% decline from last year’s quarter, which includes a $40 million negative coronavirus impact.‘There is no precedent to this’: How Criteo plans to adapt to Apple’s IDFA privacy update|Lara O'Reilly|July 31, 2020|Digiday
We insist that negative reviews are very important for brand self-reflection.How to turn your customer feedback into a driving force for your product|Maria Kazakova|June 18, 2020|Search Engine Watch
But when a president seems determined to tell voters that they are wrong and he is right, voters usually respond 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|William O’Connor|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet the fact of the matter is that none of the women involved will see their careers affected negatively by any of this.Why the Photo Scandal Won't Hurt Kate Upton's and Jennifer Lawrence's Careers|Nick Gillespie|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Group B: React negatively to any mention of Ramallah and Palestine.Grindr and Tinder Help the Holy Land Make Love, Not War|Gideon Resnick|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the other hand, Muslims worldwide are likely, on the whole, to react negatively to the pronouncement.
The countenances round him turned sinister, but not idly, negatively sinister: they grew dark with purpose.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
The iron is, therefore, as a matter of experiment, part of a negatively charged substance.
First negatively, it has not been done by any artificial means or legislative hocus-pocus (applause).
Negatively, it should not be based upon mere emotion nor upon a desire for wealth or social advantages.The Complete Club Book for Women|Caroline French Benton
Speaking of him negatively we imply the positive without risking offence.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy|Isaac Husik
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