negative

1 adjective
1 EFFECT bad or harmful: socialist policies that have had a negative effect on the country's economy | I think our relationship was very negative and destructive.
—opposite positive (7)
2 ATTITUDE considering only the bad qualities of a situation, person etc and not the good ones: Her negative attitude really annoys me. | The play was criticized for its violence, and its bleak, negative message. | be negative (about): Don't be so negative - of course you can win!
—opposite positive (2)
3 NO/NOT
a) saying or meaning no: a negative response to our request
b) containing one of the words `no', `not', `nothing', `never' etc; for example `cannot' and `can't' are the negative forms of `can'
—opposite affirmative (1)
4 SCIENTIFIC TEST not showing any sign of the chemical or medical condition that was being looked for: The pregnancy test was negative.
—opposite positive (6)
5 ELECTRICITY technical of the type that is carried by electrons
—opposite positive (11)
6 NUMBER/QUANTITY less than zero: a negative return to our investment (=a loss)
7 BLOOD technical not having rhesus factor in your blood
—opposite positive (13) — negatively adverb 2 noun
1 (C) a statement or expression that means `no': in the negative formal (=saying `no'): He answered in the negative.
—opposite affirmative
2 a photographic image that shows dark areas as light and light areas as dark, from which the final picture is printed
3 verb (T) formal
1 to refuse to accept a proposal or request
2 to prove something to be untrue

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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