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negative -- as in: had a negative effect
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as in: had a negative effect Define
bad or harmful
  • Higher interest rates negatively affected home sales.
  • Higher gasoline prices negatively affected movie ticket sales.
  • My luggage was lost. I got sick. I was robbed. The whole vacation was a negative experience.
  • Wage growth is lower than hoped and negatively impacting the stock market.

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  • I’m making a list of the positives and negatives of switching jobs.
  • In addition to containing the transmitter, the serum stimulates the amygdala, which is the part of the brain involved in processing negative emotions—like fear—and then induces a hallucination.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Not that her parenting style is a negative one.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • The only negative about my going to Savanna’s party was that now I wouldn’t be able to go to the parade and the unicorn costume would he wasted.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Maybe I just read him wrong and my own negative reaction prompted him to change his mind about asking me out.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • The way his shorts are hanging off his hips is reason enough for me to forgive every single negative thing I’ve learned about him today.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless

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  • I look around at my empty living room and, for the first time ever, the boredom starts to have a negative effect on me.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Prosperity. To me the word has a negative connotation. Abnegation uses it to describe self-indulgence.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • The negative feeling you’ve been associating with physical touch your whole life doesn’t apply to me.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I contemplated tearing them down, thinking they would only serve to bring about more negative memories.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
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as in: had a negative effect Define
bad or harmful
as in: negative feedback from customers Define
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 Define
pessimistic or disagreeable
as in: The test came back negative. Define
did not find a condition or substance to be present
as in: a negative number Define
less than zero
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