negative

neg|a|tive1 W2S2 [ˈnegətıv] adj
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1¦(bad)¦
2¦(not liking somebody/something)¦
3¦(no/not)¦
4¦(scientific test)¦
5¦(electricity)¦
6¦(number/quantity)¦
7¦(blood)¦
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1.) ¦(BAD)¦
harmful, unpleasant, or not wanted
≠ ↑positive
My drinking was starting to have a negative effect on my work.
the negative aspects of ageing
On the negative side , it will cost a lot.
2.) ¦(NOT LIKING SOMEBODY/SOMETHING)¦
considering only the bad qualities of a situation, person etc and not the good ones
≠ ↑positive
students with a negative attitude to school
They have a uniformly negative image of the police.
Jean rarely sounded so negative about her mother.
3.) ¦(NO/NOT)¦
a) saying or meaning 'no'
negative answer/reply/response
He gave a negative answer without any explanation.
b) containing one of the words 'no', 'not', 'nothing', 'never' etc
4.) ¦(SCIENTIFIC TEST)¦
not showing any sign of the chemical or medical condition that was being looked for
≠ ↑positive
The pregnancy test was negative.
A person can be recently infected by HIV and have a negative result.
5.) ¦(ELECTRICITY)¦
technical a negative ↑charge is carried by ↑electrons
≠ ↑positive
6.) ¦(NUMBER/QUANTITY)¦
less than zero
= ↑minus
≠ ↑positive
negative numbers
a negative return on our investment (=a loss)
7.) ¦(BLOOD)¦
technical used in the names of blood types, meaning not having ↑Rhesus factor
≠ ↑positive
>negatively adv
negative 2
negative2 n
1.) an image on a photographic film that shows dark areas as light and light areas as dark, from which the final picture is printed
black and white photographic negatives
2.) a statement or expression that means 'no'
≠ ↑affirmative answer/reply in the negative
formal (=say 'no')
The majority of people, when asked whether or not they are creative, will reply in the negative .
3.) something bad or harmful
The negatives outweigh the positives on this issue.
4.) a negative result from a chemical or scientific test
The test will give a proportion of false negatives.
negative 3
negative3 v [T] formal
1.) to refuse to accept a proposal or request
2.) to prove something to be untrue

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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