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— as in: had a negative effect
Higher interest rates
affected home sales.
bad or harmful
— as in: negative feedback from customers
The responses to my plan were
to express criticism or disagreement, or (especially when talking over a radio or in a military setting) to say "no"
— as in: a negative attitude
Don’t be so
. We’ll find a way to make this work.
pessimistic or disagreeable
— as in: The test came back negative.
The pregnancy test was
did not find a condition or substance to be present
— as in: a negative number
The company has a
less than zero
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including some in the fields of electricity, physics, chemistry, medicine, photography, and grammar. Note that most all senses of
indicate that something is bad or lacking.
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