Meaning of "negative" in Essential English Dictionary


adjective uk /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)