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Definition of negative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    negative

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈneɡətɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈneɡətɪv//
     
     
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  1. 1  bad or harmful The crisis had a negative effect on trade. The whole experience was definitely more positive than negative. opposite positive
  2. not hopeful
  3. 2  considering only the bad side of something/somebody; lacking enthusiasm or hope Scientists have a fairly negative attitude to the theory. ‘He probably won't show up.’ ‘Don't be so negative.’ opposite positive
  4. no
  5. 3  expressing the answer ‘no’ His response was negative. They received a negative reply. opposite affirmative
  6. grammar
  7. 4   containing a word such as ‘no’, ‘not’, ‘never’, etc. a negative form/sentence
  8. scientific test
  9. 5  (abbreviation neg.) not showing any evidence of a particular substance or medical condition Her pregnancy test was negative. opposite positive
  10. electricity
  11. 6 (specialist) containing or producing the type of electricity that is carried by an electron a negative charge/current the negative terminal of a battery opposite positive
  12. number/quantity
  13. 7less than zero a negative trade balance opposite positive
  14. Word Origin late Middle English: from late Latin negativus, from negare ‘deny’.Extra examples He tested negative for HIV infection. He’s been rather negative about the idea. Reaction to last night’s attack was uniformly negative. She spoke in entirely negative terms. Some people have accused me of being overly negative. The antibody test proved negative. The urine tests were negative for protein. Their attitude was highly negative. the strongly negative implications of these survey results ‘He probably won’t show up.’ ‘Don’t be so negative.’ I don’t want to sound unduly negative, but I simply couldn’t see the point. Negative side effects of the drug can occur and include drowsiness and headaches. Scientists have a fairly negative attitude to the theory. The whole experience was definitely more positive than negative. We try to pinpoint the cause of any negative feelings.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: negative