Psychology. a tendency to resist external commands, suggestions, or expectations, or internal stimuli, as hunger, by doing nothing or something contrary or unrelated to the stimulus.
any system of negative philosophy, as agnosticism or skepticism.
Origin of negativism
Related formsneg·a·tiv·ist, nounneg·a·tiv·is·tic, adjectivenon·neg·a·tiv·ism, nounnon·neg·a·tiv·is·tic, adjective
First recorded in 1815–25; negative
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Related Words for negativisticunruly
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Derived Formsnegativist, noun, adjectivenegativistic, adjective
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 negativistic
1824, "the policy of opposition;" see negative + -ism. In a psychological sense, it is attested from 1892.
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Related formsneg′a•tiv•ist n.neg′a•tiv•is′tic adj.
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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