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English definition of “negative”

negative

adjective
 
 
/ˈneɡətɪv/
NO ENTHUSIASM B1 not having enthusiasm or positive opinions about something: negative feelings Many people have a negative attitude towards ageing.Not hopefulLacking interest and enthusiasmUnwilling and reluctantNot showing or feeling emotions
BAD B2 A negative effect is bad and causes damage to something: Terrorist threats have had a very negative impact on tourism.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
MEDICINE If the result of a test to prove if someone is pregnant or sick is negative, that person is not pregnant or sick.Medical examination
NUMBERS A negative number is less than zero.Numbers generally
GRAMMAR A2 In language, a negative word or phrase expresses the meaning 'no' or 'not'.Grammatical terms
(Definition of negative adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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