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Definition of negative noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a word or statement that means “no”; a refusal or denial (formal) She answered in the negative (= said “no”). opposite affirmative
  2. in photography
  3. 2a developed film showing the dark areas of an actual scene as light and the light areas as dark Keep the negatives in case you want more prints later. compare positive
  4. in scientific test
  5. 3the result of a test or an experiment that shows that a substance or condition is not present The percentage of false negatives generated by the cancer test is of great concern. opposite positive
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: negative