[ neg-uh-ti-viz-uhm ]
/ ˈnɛg ə tɪˌvɪz əm /
a negative or pessimistic attitude.
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.
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Origin of negativism
First recorded in 1815–25; negative
OTHER WORDS FROM negativismneg·a·tiv·ist, nounneg·a·tiv·is·tic, adjectivenon·neg·a·tiv·ism, nounnon·neg·a·tiv·is·tic, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for negativism
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
Derived forms of negativismnegativist, noun, adjectivenegativistic, adjective
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A tendency to do the opposite of what one is requested to do, or to resist stubbornly for no apparent reason.
Other words from negativismneg′a•tiv•ist n.neg′a•tiv•is′tic adj.
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