neg|a|tive1 W2S2 [ˈnegətıv] adj
2¦(not liking somebody/something)¦
4¦(scientific test)¦
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.
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
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.
technical a negative ↑charge is carried by ↑electrons
≠ ↑positive
less than zero
= ↑minus
≠ ↑positive
negative numbers
a negative return on our investment (=a loss)
7.) ¦(BLOOD)¦
technical used in the names of blood types, meaning not having ↑Rhesus factor
≠ ↑positive
>negatively adv
negative 2
negative2 n
1.) 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.
negative 3
negative3 v [T] formal
1.) to refuse to accept a proposal or request
2.) to prove something to be untrue

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