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negative

1 adjective
     
neg‧a‧tive1 S2 W2
1

bad

harmful, unpleasant, or not wanted [≠ positive]:
My drinking was starting to have a negative effect on my work.
the negative aspects of ageing
On the negative side, it will cost a lot.
2

not liking somebody/something

considering only the bad qualities of a situation, person etc and not the good ones [≠ positive]:
students with a negative attitude to school
They have a uniformly negative image of the police.
Jean rarely sounded so negative about her mother.
3

no/not

a) saying or meaning 'no'
negative answer/reply/response
He gave a negative answer without any explanation.
b) containing one of the words 'no', 'not', 'nothing', 'never' etc [≠ affirmative]
4

scientific test

not showing any sign of the chemical or medical condition that was being looked for [≠ positive]:
The pregnancy test was negative.
A person can be recently infected by HIV and have a negative result.
5

electricity

technicalTPETEE a negative charge is carried by electrons [≠ positive]
6

number/quantity

HMN less than zero [= minus; ≠ positive]:
negative numbers
a negative return on our investment (=a loss)
7

blood

technicalMHHBH used in the names of blood types, meaning not having Rhesus factor [≠ positive]
negatively adverb
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