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English definition of “negative”


adjective     /ˈneɡətɪv/
bad or harmful : Its profits rose as higher sales and cost cuts offset the negative impact of lower prices .have a negative effect on sth This trade could eventually have a negative effect on the economy and prices . Recognizing the costly effects of negative publicity , the company began to study the environmental impacts of its products . negative aspects / consequences → Compare positive adjective
expressing 'no': a negative answer / response
emphasizing the bad possibilities in a situation : be negative about sth Small and medium-size businesses were more negative about the economy than last year . negative attitudes / comments / reactions
less than zero: Employment growth was negative for manufacturing over the past year . Medical bills strained the budget , and before long their checking account had a negative balance .
(Definition of negative adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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