- 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 negativityantagonism, negativism, dubiousness, adversity, hostility, disapproval, deprecation, distrust, hesitation, leeriness, reluctance, suspicion, uncertainty
Examples from the Web for negativity
Contemporary Examples of negativity
There was “some note of caution” attached to hiring Knox, thanks to the negativity from the case, Robinson said.Amanda Knox, Cub Reporter: The Convicted Murderer Is Now Writing Theater Reviews for a Small Seattle Paper
November 4, 2014
It seeks to neuter the criticism of any lurking Paltrow naysayers wishing to transfer their negativity to Lively.Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On
July 23, 2014
We choose darkness and negativity over positivity and light.Can Linda Perry Save Music?
July 16, 2014
Tyson and Roethlisberger both returned to their respective sports, but not without the looming cloud of negativity and suspicion.Can Darren Sharper Beat His Rape Rap With the Kobe Defense?
Eboni K. Williams
March 18, 2014
In that happy place of the collective imagination, Snowden is practically an avatar of our secular devil—“negativity” incarnate.Edward Snowden, Not Pope Francis, Is the Person of the Year
December 12, 2013
Historical Examples of negativity
I have only one quarrel with that philosophy--its negativity.A Preface to Politics
It is from this negativity that duty lends itself to the legal idea of compulsion, and in general wears a legal garb.
Ample proof, however, of the negativity of happiness is found in art, and especially in poetry.The Philosophy of Disenchantment
The points of maximum positivity and negativity are situated symmetrically on the opposite sides of the organ.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919
Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
- 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.