• (physics) of electrical charge of an electron and related particles [from the 18th c.]
  • damaging; undesirable; unfavourable
  • (chemistry) metalloidal; nonmetallic; contrasted with positive or basic.

    "The nitro group is negative."

  • not positive or neutral
  • (linguistics, logic) denying a proposition
  • Of or relating to a photographic image in which the colours of the original, and the relations of right and left, are reversed.
  • (mathematics) of number, less than zero
  • pessimistic; not tending to see the bright side of things. (Often used pejoratively.)
  • (New Age jargon) (pejorative) bad, unwanted, disagreeable, potentially damaging, to be avoided, unpleasant, difficult, painful; (often precedes 'energy', 'feeling', 'emotion' or 'thought').


  • (weightlifting): A rep performed with weight in which the muscle begins at maximum contraction and is slowly extended; a movement performed using only the eccentric phase of muscle movement.
  • (law) a right of veto
  • (mathematics) a negative quantity
  • refusal or withholding of assents; veto, prohibition [from the 15th c.]
  • (grammar) a word that indicates negation
  • The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
  • (photography) an image in which dark areas represent light ones, and the converse [from the 19th c.]


  • To contradict
  • To veto
  • To disprove

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