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negative

2 noun
     
Related topics: Photography
negative2 [countable]
1TCP an image on a photographic film that shows dark areas as light and light areas as dark, from which the final picture is printed:
black and white photographic negatives
2 a statement or expression that means 'no' [≠ affirmative]
answer/reply in the negative formal (=say 'no')
The majority of people, when asked whether or not they are creative, will reply in the negative.
3 something bad or harmful:
The negatives outweigh the positives on this issue.
4 a negative result from a chemical or scientific test:
The test will give a proportion of false negatives.

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