Meaning of NEGATIVE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ negətɪv ]

( negatives)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A fact, situation, or experience that is negative is unpleasant, depressing, or harmful.

The news from overseas is overwhelmingly negative...

All this had an extremely negative effect on the criminal justice system.

≠ positive


• nega‧tive‧ly

This will negatively affect the result over the first half of the year.

ADV : ADV with v


If someone is negative or has a negative attitude, they consider only the bad aspects of a situation, rather than the good ones.

When asked for your views about your current job, on no account must you be negative about it...

Why does the media present such a negative view of this splendid city?

≠ positive


• nega‧tive‧ly

A few weeks later he said that maybe he viewed all his relationships rather negatively.

ADV : usu ADV after v

• nega‧tiv‧ity

I loathe negativity. I can’t stand people who moan.



A negative reply or decision indicates the answer ‘no’.

Dr Velayati gave a vague but negative response...

Upon a negative decision, the applicant loses the protection offered by Belgian law...

≠ affirmative


• nega‧tive‧ly

60 percent of the sample answered negatively...

ADV : ADV after v


A negative is a word, expression, or gesture that means ‘no’ or ‘not’.

In the past we have heard only negatives when it came to following a healthy diet.



In grammar, a negative clause contains a word such as ‘not’, ‘never’, or ‘no-one’.



If a medical test or scientific test is negative , it shows no evidence of the medical condition or substance that you are looking for.

So far 57 have taken the test and all have been negative.

...negative test results.

≠ positive



HIV negative: see HIV


In photography, a negative is an image that shows dark areas as light and light areas as dark. Negatives are made from a camera film, and are used to print photographs.



A negative charge or current has the same electrical charge as an electron.

Stimulate the site of greatest pain with a small negative current.

≠ positive


• nega‧tive‧ly

As these electrons are negatively charged they will attempt to repel each other.

ADV : ADV -ed


A negative number, quantity, or measurement is less than zero.

The weakest students can end up with a negative score.

= minus

ADJ : usu ADJ n


If an answer is in the negative , it is ‘no’ or means ‘no’.

Seventy-nine voted in the affirmative, and none in the negative.

PHRASE : PHR after v

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