Origin of negativism
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- a tendency to be or a state of being unconstructively critical
- any sceptical or derisive system of thought
- psychiatry refusal to do what is expected or suggested or the tendency to do the opposite
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Word Origin and History for negativist
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A tendency to do the opposite of what one is requested to do, or to resist stubbornly for no apparent reason.
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