(noun, adjective, verb)


1. 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

Similar word(s): destructive, pessimistic, antagonistic, counter, perverse, unsupportive

2. expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial

Similar word(s): dissentient, dissenting, dissident, unfavorable, unfavourable, disinclined

3. having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant

- ran a negative campaign

- delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life

Similar word(s): bad

4. in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive

- negative interest rates

5. less than zero

- a negative number

Similar word(s): minus

6. designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions

- negative criticism

Similar word(s): destructive, damaging

7. having a negative charge

- electrons are negative

Similar word(s): charged, electronegative

8. involving disadvantage or harm

- minus (or negative) factors

Similar word(s): disadvantageous, unfavorable, unfavourable, minus

Sentences with negative as an adjective:

- The nitro group is negative.


1. a reply of denial

- he answered in the negative

Definition categories: communication, denial

2. a piece of photographic film showing an image with light and shade or colors reversed

Definition categories: man–made, film


1. vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent

Similar word(s): blackball, veto

Definition categories: social, contradict, controvert, oppose