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Negative

Neg´a`tive   Pronunciation: nĕg´å`tĭv
a.1.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.
If thou wilt confess,
Or else be impudently negative.
- Shak.
Denying me any power of a negative voice.
- Eikon Basilike.
Something between an affirmative bow and a negative shake.
- Dickens.
2.Not positive; without affirmative statement or demonstration; indirect; consisting in the absence of something; privative; as, a negative argument; negative evidence; a negative morality; negative criticism.
3.(Logic) Asserting absence of connection between a subject and a predicate; as, a negative proposition.
4.(Photog.) 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.
5.(Chem.) Metalloidal; nonmetallic; - contrasted with positive or basic; as, the nitro group is negative.
Negative crystal
a - A cavity in a mineral mass, having the form of a crystal.
b - A crystal which has the power of negative double refraction. See refraction.
negative electricity
(Elec.) the kind of electricity which is developed upon resin or ebonite when rubbed, or which appears at that pole of a voltaic battery which is connected with the plate most attacked by the exciting liquid; - formerly called resinous electricity. Opposed to positive electricity. Formerly, according to Franklin's theory of a single electric fluid, negative electricity was supposed to be electricity in a degree below saturation, or the natural amount for a given body. See Electricity.
Negative eyepiece
(Opt.) see under Eyepiece.
Negative quantity
(Alg.) a quantity preceded by the negative sign, or which stands in the relation indicated by this sign to some other quantity. See Negative sign (below).
Negative rotation
right-handed rotation. See Right-handed, 3.
Negative sign
the sign -, or minus (opposed in signification to +, or plus), indicating that the quantity to which it is prefixed is to be subtracted from the preceding quantity, or is to be reckoned from zero or cipher in the opposite direction to that of quanties having the sign plus either expressed or understood; thus, in a - b, b is to be substracted from a, or regarded as opposite to it in value; and -10° on a thermometer means 10° below the zero of the scale.
n.1.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.
2.A word used in denial or refusal; as, not, no.
3.The refusal or withholding of assents; veto.
If a kind without his kingdom be, in a civil sense, nothing, then . . . his negative is as good as nothing.
- Milton.
4.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.
5.(Photog.) 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.
6.(Elect.) The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
Negative pregnant
(Law) a negation which implies an affirmation.
v. t.1.To prove unreal or untrue; to disprove.
[imp. & p. p. Negatived (nĕg"å*tĭvd); p. pr. & vb. n. Negativing.]
2.To reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction; as, the Senate negatived the bill.
3.To neutralize the force of; to counteract.
Noun1.negative - a reply of denial; "he answered in the negative"
Antonyms:
affirmative - a reply of affirmation; "he answered in the affirmative"
2.negative - a piece of photographic film showing an image with black and white tones reversed
Verb1.negative - vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent; "The President vetoed the bill"
Synonyms: veto, blackball
Adj.1.negative - characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features; "a negative outlook on life"; "a colorless negative personality"; "a negative evaluation"; "a negative reaction to an advertising campaign"
Antonyms:
neutral - of no distinctive quality or characteristics or type
positive - characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.; "a positive attitude"; "the reviews were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive demand"
2.negative - reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
3.negative - having a negative electric charge; "electrons are negative"
Synonyms: electronegative
Antonyms:
electroneutral, neutral - having no net electric charge; not electrified
electropositive, positive - having a positive electric charge; "protons are positive"
4.negative - expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial
Antonyms:
affirmative, affirmatory - affirming or giving assent; "an affirmative decision"; "affirmative votes"; "an affirmative nod"; "an affirmatory gesture"
5.negative - having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant; "ran a negative campaign"; "delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"
6.negative - not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition; "the HIV test was negative"
Synonyms: disconfirming
Antonyms:
confirming, positive - indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen; "a positive pregnancy test"
7.negative - less than zero; "a negative number"
8.negative - designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions; "negative criticism"
Synonyms: damaging
9.negative - involving disadvantage or harm; "minus (or negative) factors"
Synonyms: minus

NEGATIVE. This word has several significations. 1. It is used in contradistinction to giving assent; thus we say the president has put his negative upon such a bill. Vide Veto. 2. It is also used in contradistinction to affirmative; as, a negative does not always admit of the simple and direct proof of which an affirmative is capable. When a party affirms a negative in his pleadings, and without the establishment of which, by evidence, he cannot recover or defend himself, the burden of the proof lies upon him, and he must prove the negative. 8 Toull. n. 18. Vide 2 Gall. Rep. 485; 1 McCord, R. 573; 11 John. R. 513; 19 John. R. 345; 1 Pick. R. 375; Gilb. Ev. 145; 1 Stark. Ev. 376; Bull. N. P. 298; 15 Vin. Ab. 540; Bac. Ab. Pleas, &c. I.
    202. Although as a general rule the affirmative of every issue must be proved, yet this rule ceases to operate the moment the presumption of law is thrown into the other scale. When the issue is on the legitimacy of a child, therefore, it is incumbent on the party asserting the illegitimacy to prove it. 2 Selw. N. P. 709. Vide Affirmative Innocence.

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