/ ˈnegətɪv; NAmE / adjective , noun , verb
bad or harmful :
The crisis had a negative effect on trade.
The whole experience was definitely more positive than negative.
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.'
expressing the answer 'no' :
His response was negative.
They received a negative reply.
containing a word such as 'no', 'not', 'never', etc. :
a negative form / sentence
( abbr. neg. ) not showing any evidence of a particular substance or medical condition :
Her pregnancy test was negative.
( technical ) containing or producing the type of electricity that is carried by an electron :
a negative charge / current
the negative terminal of a battery
NUMBER / QUANTITY
less than zero :
a negative trade balance
► nega·tive·ly adverb :
to react negatively to stress
to respond negatively
negatively charged electrons
a word or statement that means 'no'; a refusal or denial :
( formal )
She answered in the negative (= said 'no') .
a developed film showing the dark areas of an actual scene as light and the light areas as dark
IN SCIENTIFIC TEST
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.
■ verb [ vn ] ( formal )
to refuse to agree to a proposal or a request
to prove that sth is not true
late Middle English : from late Latin negativus , from negare deny.