negative - definition in the American English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “negative”

See all translations

negative

adjective

negative adjective (NO)

 us   /ˈneɡ·ə·t̬ɪv/ expressing no or not, or expressing refusal: We received a negative answer to our request.  us   /ˈneɡ·ə·t̬ɪv/ A negative sentence or phrase is one that contains a word such as no, not, nor, never, or nothing.  us   /ˈneɡ·ə·t̬ɪv/ A medical test that is negative shows that you do not have that disease or condition.

negative adjective (NOT HAPPY)

 us   /ˈneɡ·ə·t̬ɪv/ not happy, hopeful, or approving; tending to consider only bad things: a negative attitude All the candidates in the mayoral campaign ran negative ads (= advertising saying bad things about each other).

negative adjective (LESS THAN ZERO)

algebra us   /ˈneɡ·ə·t̬ɪv/ [not gradable] (of a number or amount) less than zero: negative numbers

negative adjective (ART)

art /ˈneɡ·ə·t̬ɪv/ (of spaces and shapes in a painting, statue, drawing, etc.) empty, or lacking objects or other particular features; background

negative adjective (ELECTRICITY)

physics us   /ˈneɡ·ə·t̬ɪv/ [not gradable] of the type of electrical charge that an electron has

negative

noun  us   /ˈneɡ·ə·t̬ɪv/

negative noun (PHOTOGRAPH)

[C] a piece of film in which light areas appear dark and dark areas appear light, the opposite of how they will appear in the photograph made from it

negative noun (NO)

[C/U] a word, phrase, or statement that expresses no or not, or that expresses refusal: [U] The governor replied in the affirmative (= The governor said no).
(Definition of negative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of negative?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “negative”

Definitions of “negative” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

Morse code

a system used for sending messages, in which letters and numbers are represented by short and long marks, sounds, or flashes of light

Word of the Day

The language of elections

by Liz Walter,
April 22, 2015
On May 7th, citizens of the UK will be going to the polls (having an election) to decide who will form the next government. This kind of election is known as a general election. The country is divided into 650 areas, called constituencies. Each constituency elects a member of parliament (MP) to

Read More 

e-juice noun

April 27, 2015
the liquid content in an e-cigarette, which includes nicotine and may be flavoured in various ways Cannabidiol oil that comes from industrial hemp plants, which is what is infused into our e-juice, is 100 per cent legal.

Read More