1 contradictory, anti, contrary, dissenting, dissentious, disputing, disputatious, argumentative, adversarial, adversative, antagonistic, antipathetic, adverse, US adversary:
He has adopted a very negative attitude towards his job. Few negative voices were heard on the issue
2 pessimistic, unenthusiastic, cool, cold, uninterested, unresponsive:
The reaction to our offer has been largely negative.
3 nullifying, annulling, neutralizing, voiding, cancelling:
The laws are mainly negative, listing only things one must not do.
4 negating, refusing, denying, gainsaying, opposing:
The judge came to a negative decision regarding bail.
5 in the negative. negatively, 'No':
Asked if she wanted to go, she replied in the negative.
VERB + NEGATIVE
answer (sth) in, reply in
She answered the question in the negative.
2 developed photographic film
original | photographic | film, glass
VERB + NEGATIVE
produce | develop
His interest in photography started with him developing negatives that he found lying around the house.
We must assume that the spy kept the negatives.
1 only thinking about/showing sb/sth's bad qualities
be, feel, seem, sound | become | remain
distinctly, extremely, strongly, terribly, very
the strongly negative implications of these survey results Their attitude was terribly negative.
| completely, entirely, exclusively, purely, totally, wholly
She spoke in entirely negative terms.
| largely, mainly, overwhelmingly | fairly, rather, slightly, somewhat | apparently | essentially
Critical thinking is essentially negative as it seeks to dissect and not to build.
He's been rather negative about the idea.
2 showing that sth has not happened/been found
be, prove, test
The breathalyser test proved negative. He tested negative for HIV infection.
The urine tests were negative for protein.
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