- 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 researchers converted the data to a logarithmic scale, which shows negative numbers.
That was after he tested negative in each of two separate tests for the virus.
Ten days after the patient developed symptoms the first time, he tested negative for antibodies against the virus.A man in Hong Kong is the first confirmed case of coronavirus reinfection|Erin Garcia de Jesus|August 24, 2020|Science News
Ad retargeting specialist Criteo is bracing itself for the negative 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
They also thought real GDP would grow by about 8 percentage points quarter-over-quarter in the third quarter, with an upper-bound estimate of 17 percent and little chance of negative growth again.Economists Think Congress Should Keep Paying Unemployed Workers $600 A Week — Or Even More|Neil Paine (firstname.lastname@example.org)|July 21, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
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|Justin Miller|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It seeks to neuter the criticism of any lurking Paltrow naysayers wishing to transfer their negativity to Lively.
We choose darkness and negativity over positivity and light.
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|DAILY BEAST
That fact alone permits Christie loyalists to greet the new negativity with a healthy degree of sangfroid.
The sign of excitation is, as we found, a contraction and concomitant galvanometric negativity.
A is seen to exhibit induced change of galvanometric negativity.
The upper side of a horizontally laid shoot is found to undergo an excitatory change of galvanometric negativity.
The maximum galvanometric negativity of the upper side was found to occur at the geo-perceptive layer.
The points of maximum positivity and negativity are situated symmetrically on the opposite sides of the organ.
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