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Definition of negative:

  1. A picture upon glass or other material, in which the light portions of the original are represented in some opaque material ( usually reduced silver), and the dark portions by the uncovered and transparent or semitransparent ground of the picture.
  2. A proposition by which something is denied or forbidden; a conception or term formed by prefixing the negative particle to one which is positive; an opposite or contradictory term or conception.
  3. A word used in denial or refusal; as, not, no.
  4. Asserting absence of connection between a subject and a predicate; as, a negative proposition.
  5. Denying; implying, containing, or asserting denial, negation or refusal; returning the answer no to an inquiry or request; refusing assent; as, a negative answer; a negative opinion; - opposed to affirmative.
  6. Metalloidal; nonmetallic; - contracted with positive or basic; as, the nitro group is negative.
  7. Not positive; without affirmative statement or demonstration; indirect; consisting in the absence of something; privative; as, a negative argument; a negative morality; negative criticism.
  8. Of or pertaining to a picture upon glass or other material, in which the lights and shades of the original, and the relations of right and left, are reversed.
  9. That side of a question which denies or refuses, or which is taken by an opposing or denying party; the relation or position of denial or opposition; as, the question was decided in the negative.
  10. The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
  11. The refusal or withholding of assents; veto.
  12. To neutralize the force of; to counteract.
  13. To prove unreal or intrue; to disprove.
  14. To reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction; as, the Senate negatived the bill.


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