Meaning of NEGATIVE in English

NEGATIVE

/ ˈnegətɪv; NAmE / adjective , noun , verb

■ adjective

BAD

1.

bad or harmful :

The crisis had a negative effect on trade.

The whole experience was definitely more positive than negative.

OPP positive

NOT HOPEFUL

2.

considering only the bad side of sth/sb; lacking enthusiasm or hope :

Scientists have a fairly negative attitude to the theory.

'He probably won't show up.' 'Don't be so negative.'

OPP positive

NO

3.

expressing the answer 'no' :

His response was negative.

They received a negative reply.

OPP affirmative

GRAMMAR

4.

containing a word such as 'no', 'not', 'never', etc. :

a negative form / sentence

SCIENTIFIC TEST

5.

( abbr. neg. ) not showing any evidence of a particular substance or medical condition :

Her pregnancy test was negative.

OPP positive

ELECTRICITY

6.

( technical ) containing or producing the type of electricity that is carried by an electron :

a negative charge / current

the negative terminal of a battery

OPP positive

NUMBER / QUANTITY

7.

less than zero :

a negative trade balance

OPP positive

►  nega·tive·ly adverb :

to react negatively to stress

to respond negatively

negatively charged electrons

■ noun

NO

1.

a word or statement that means 'no'; a refusal or denial :

( formal )

She answered in the negative (= said 'no') .

OPP affirmative

IN PHOTOGRAPHY

2.

a developed film showing the dark areas of an actual scene as light and the light areas as dark

—compare positive

IN SCIENTIFIC TEST

3.

the result of a test or an experiment that shows that a substance or condition is not present :

The percentage of false negatives generated by the cancer test is of great concern.

OPP positive

■ verb [ vn ] ( formal )

1.

to refuse to agree to a proposal or a request

2.

to prove that sth is not true

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : from late Latin negativus , from negare deny.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.