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negative — as in:  had a negative effect

Higher interest rates negatively affected home sales.
bad or harmful
negative — as in:  negative feedback from customers

The responses to my plan were negative.
to express criticism or disagreement, or (especially when talking over a radio or in a military setting) to say "no"
negative — as in:  a negative attitude

Don’t be so negative. We’ll find a way to make this work.
pessimistic or disagreeable
negative — as in:  The test came back negative.

The pregnancy test was negative.
did not find a condition or substance to be present
negative — as in:  a negative number

The company has a negative cash flow.
less than zero

See a comprehensive dictionary for less common meanings of negative including some in the fields of electricity, physics, chemistry, medicine, photography, and grammar. Note that most all senses of negative indicate that something is bad or lacking.
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