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Definition 1: a piece of photographic film showing an image with light and shade or colors reversed - [noun denoting artifact]

(negative is a kind of ...) photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies

Definition 2: a reply of denial - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where negative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he answered in the negative

(negative is a kind of ...) the act of refusing to comply (as with a request)

"it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"

(... is a kind of negative ) a negative

"his no was loud and clear"

(... is a kind of negative ) a negative

"the nays have it"

(... is a kind of negative ) a grammatically substandard but emphatic negative

"I don't never go"

Samples where negative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The President vetoed the bill

Synonyms for negative in the sense of this definition

(negative is a kind of ...) be resistant to

"The board opposed his motion"

(... is a kind of negative ) thwart the passage of

"kill a motion" "he shot down the student's proposal"

(negative implies ...) express a choice or opinion

"I vote that we all go home" "She voted for going to the Chinese restaurant"

Definition 4: expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial - [adjective denoting all]

(negative is similar to ...) disagreeing, especially with a majority

(means also ...) not encouraging or approving or pleasing

"unfavorable conditions" "an unfavorable comparison" "unfavorable comments" "unfavorable impression"

(means also ...) unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval

"disinclined to say anything to anybody"

Definition 5: characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where negative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a negative outlook on life
  • a colorless negative personality
  • a negative evaluation
  • a negative reaction to an advertising campaign

(negative is similar to ...) indicating opposition or resistance

(negative is similar to ...) marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict

"took perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans"

(means also ...) causing destruction or much damage

"a policy that is destructive to the economy" "destructive criticism"

(means also ...) expecting the worst possible outcome

(means also ...) not furnishing support or assistance

(... are attributes of negative) an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

"the quality of mercy is not strained"

Definition 6: not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where negative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the HIV test was negative

Synonyms for negative in the sense of this definition

(negative is similar to ...) (of bacteria) being of or relating to a bacterium that does not retain the violet stain used in Gram's method

(negative belongs to category ...) the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques

Definition 7: reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where negative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • negative interest rates

Definition 8: having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where negative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • ran a negative campaign
  • delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life

(negative is similar to ...) having undesirable or negative qualities

"a bad report card" "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression" "a bad little boy" "clothes in bad shape" "a bad cut" "bad luck" "the news was very bad" "the reviews were bad" "the pay is bad" "it was a bad light for reading" "the movie was a bad choice"

Definition 9: having a negative charge - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where negative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • electrons are negative

Synonyms for negative in the sense of this definition

(negative is similar to ...) of a particle or body or system; having a net amount of positive or negative electric charge

"charged particles" "a charged battery"

Definition 10: designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where negative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • negative criticism

Synonyms for negative in the sense of this definition

(negative is similar to ...) causing destruction or much damage

"a policy that is destructive to the economy" "destructive criticism"

Definition 11: involving disadvantage or harm - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where negative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • minus (or negative) factors

Synonyms for negative in the sense of this definition

(negative is similar to ...) involving or creating circumstances detrimental to success or effectiveness

"a disadvantageous outcome" "a well-known study from the 1970's showed that gender stereotyping placed women in a disadvantageous position" "made an unfavorable impression"

Definition 12: less than zero - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where negative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a negative number

(negative is similar to ...) on the negative side or lower end of a scale

"minus 5 degrees" "a grade of B minus"

(negative belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

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