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Meaning of "negative" in Essential English Dictionary

negative

adjective   /ˈneɡətɪv/
A2 with the meaning ‘no’ or ‘not’: We received a negative response to our request.
B1 not hopeful or not interested: She has a negative attitude to her work.
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’.
A negative effect is bad and causes damage to something: Terrorism has had a negative effect on tourism.
A negative number is less than zero.
(Definition of negative adjective from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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