1consisting in or characterized by the absence rather than the presence of distinguishing features.
expressing or implying denial, disagreement, or refusal:that, I take it, was a negative answer
(of the results of a test or experiment) indicating that a certain substance or condition is not present or does not exist:all the patients have tested negative for TB
[in combination] (of a person or their blood) not having a specified substance or condition:HIV-negative
US informal denoting a complete lack of something:they were described as having negative vulnerability to water entry
Grammar & Logic (of a word, clause, or proposition) stating that something is not the case; expressing negation.Contrasted with affirmative and interrogative.
[as exclamation] no (usually used in a military context):‘Any snags, Captain?’ ‘Negative, she’s running like clockwork.’
2(of a person, attitude, or situation) not desirable or optimistic:the new tax was having a negative effect on car salesnot all the news is negativeI don’t want to be negative, but I don’t see how we could do it
3(of a quantity) less than zero.
denoting decrease or reversal:the industry suffered negative growth in the 1990s
4containing, producing, or denoting the kind of electric charge carried by electrons.
5(of a photographic image) showing light and shade or colours reversed from those of the original.
6 Astrology relating to or denoting any of the earth or water signs, considered passive in nature.
7British (in Parliament) relating to or denoting proposed legislation which will come into force after a specified period unless explicitly rejected in a parliamentary vote.
1a word or statement that expresses denial, disagreement, or refusal:she replied in the negative
(usually the negative) a bad or unwelcome quality or aspect of a situation:confidence will not be instilled by harping solely on the negative
Grammar a word, affix, or phrase expressing negation.