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English definition of “negative”

negative

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈneɡətɪv/
PHOTOGRAPH a piece of film from which a photograph can be produced, where dark areas look light and light areas look darkPhotography
GRAMMAR a word or phrase that expresses the meaning 'no' or 'not'Yes, no and not
(Definition of negative noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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