negative

Negative means focused on what is bad or lacking. A negative ad tells you bad things about the competition. A negative person loves to complain.

In math, a negative number is less than zero. People who see the glass half empty have a negative outlook. Ask your mom for ice cream and receive an answer in the negative? Don't be too negative back to her, or it'll be a while before you have another chance at ice cream.

Definitions of negative
  1. adjective
    characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features
    “a negative outlook on life”
    “a colorless negative personality”
    “a negative evaluation”
    “a negative reaction to an advertising campaign”
    Synonyms:
    destructive
    causing destruction or much damage
    pessimistic
    expecting the worst possible outcome
    antagonistic, counter
    indicating opposition or resistance
    perverse
    marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict
    unsupportive
    not furnishing support or assistance
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    Antonyms:
    positive
    characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
    neutral
    possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics
    affirmative, affirmatory
    affirming or giving assent
    constructive
    constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development
    optimistic
    expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds
    affirmative, optimistic
    expecting the best
    constructive
    emphasizing what is laudable or hopeful or to the good
    neutralised, neutralized
    made neutral in some respect; deprived of distinctive characteristics
    viewless
    not having or expressing opinions or views
    supportive
    furnishing support or assistance
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  2. adjective
    expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial
    Synonyms:
    dissentient, dissenting, dissident
    disagreeing, especially with a majority
    unfavorable, unfavourable
    not encouraging or approving or pleasing
    disinclined
    unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval
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    Antonyms:
    affirmative, affirmatory
    affirming or giving assent
    assentient
    expressing agreement or consent
    favorable, favourable
    encouraging or approving or pleasing
    positive
    characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
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  3. adjective
    not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition
    “the HIV test was negative
    synonyms: disconfirming
    Gram-negative
    (of bacteria) being of or relating to a bacterium that does not retain the violet stain used in Gram's method
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    Antonyms:
    confirming, positive
    indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen
    Gram-positive
    (of bacteria) being or relating to a bacterium that retains the violet stain used in Gram's method
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  4. adjective
    having a negative charge
    “electrons are negative
    synonyms: electronegative, negatively charged
    charged
    of a particle or body or system; having a net amount of positive or negative electric charge
  5. noun
    a reply of denial
    “he answered in the negative
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    Antonyms:
    affirmative
    a reply of affirmation
    types:
    no
    a negative
    nay
    a negative
    double negative
    a grammatically substandard but emphatic negative
    type of:
    denial
    the act of refusing to comply (as with a request)
  6. verb
    vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent
    synonyms: blackball, veto
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    types:
    defeat, kill, shoot down, vote down, vote out
    thwart the passage of
    type of:
    contradict, controvert, oppose
    be resistant to
  7. adjective
    involving disadvantage or harm
    synonyms: minus
    disadvantageous
    constituting a disadvantage
  8. adjective
    having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant
    “ran a negative campaign”
    Synonyms:
    bad
    having undesirable or negative qualities
  9. adjective
    designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions
    negative criticism”
    synonyms: damaging
    destructive
    causing destruction or much damage
  10. adjective
    reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
    negative interest rates”
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    Antonyms:
    positive
    reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion
  11. adjective
    less than zero
    “a negative number”
    Synonyms:
    minus
    on the negative side or lower end of a scale
  12. noun
    a piece of photographic film showing an image with light and shade or colors reversed
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    type of:
    film, photographic film
    photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies
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