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"negative" in British English

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negativeadjective

uk   /ˈneɡ.ə.tɪv/ us   /ˈneɡ.ə.t̬ɪv/
  • negative adjective (NO)

B2 expressing "no": We received a negative answer to our request.
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A2 A negative sentence or phrase is one that contains a word such as "not", "no", "never", or "nothing": "I've never seen him in my life" is a negative sentence. "Don't" and "do not" are negative forms of "do".

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  • negative adjective (WITHOUT HOPE)

B1 not expecting good things, or likely to consider only the bad side of a situation: a negative attitude You're so negative about everything!
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  • negative adjective (ELECTRICITY)

of the type of electrical charge that is carried by electrons
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  • negative adjective (BLOOD TYPE)

not having the rhesus factor in the blood: Her blood type is O negative.
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negatively
adverb uk   /ˈneɡ.ə.tɪv.li/ us   /ˈneɡ.ə.t̬ɪv.li/
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negativenoun

uk   /ˈneɡ.ə.tɪv/ us   /ˈneɡ.ə.t̬ɪv/
  • negative noun (NO)

[C or U] a word or statement that expresses "no": I didn't hear your answer, Ed - was that a negative? I'm afraid the reply was definitely in the negative (= was "no").
  • negative noun (BAD THING)

[C] a bad feature or characteristic: He always looks for the negatives in any situation.
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(Definition of negative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"negative" in American English

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negativeadjective

  • 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

negativenoun

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)

"negative" in Business English

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negativeadjective

uk   /ˈneɡətɪv/ us  
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
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.

negativenoun

uk   /ˈneɡətɪv/ us  
[C] a bad characteristic, piece of news, etc.: Traders see few negatives, saying hi-tech and telecoms shares will continue their rise.
answer/respond/reply in the negative
to give an answer of 'no': Issuers that do not have a CUSIP number should answer Question 8 in the negative.
(Definition of negative from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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