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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).
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