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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.

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  • 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.
  • 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: 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"
  • The responses to my plan were negative.
  • We’re getting a lot of negative feedback about the proposed changes.

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  • The candidate ran a negative campaign.
  • "Are we cleared for landing?" "Negative. The runway is not clear."
  • (Shaking his head negatively but gently) No.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • "I hate romance," said Flora out loud to herself. She liked the way the words sounded. She imagined them floating above her in a comic-strip bubble; it was a comforting thing to have words hanging over her head. Especially negative words about romance.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
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as in: a negative attitude Define
pessimistic or disagreeable
  • Don’t be so negative. We’ll find a way to make this work.
  • I need a break from her negative attitude.

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  • Thomas was annoyed at Minho’s constant negativity.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
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as in: The test came back negative. Define
did not find a condition or substance to be present
  • The pregnancy test was negative.
  • The test for bacterial infection came back negative.

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  • We tested for lead in the drinking water. The results came back negative.
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as in: a negative number Define
less than zero
  • The company has a negative cash flow.
  • Their government is paying negative interest rates.

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  • It is a negative number.
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  • For months afterwards, I every day settled the question finally in the negative, and reopened and reargued it next morning.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The question was answered by a negative silence.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World

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  • The emphatic horse, cut short by the whip in a most decided negative, made a decided scramble for it, and the three other horses followed suit.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Lorrain, pursing up his lips, waved a severely negative finger before his nose.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I have made some inquiries myself in the last few days, but the results have, I fear, been negative.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • It was as neat, and as negative, as a block of artificial ice.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • But these were negative and unspectacular benefits, accepted and soon forgotten.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • They looked like chaotic negatives of random streaks and spirals.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • But each such error reflected negatively on his parents’ guidance and infringed on the community’s sense of order and success.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • You know, I don’t believe any House has ever been in negative figures this early in the term: We haven’t even started pudding.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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  • She replied by a negative sign of the head, and her pensive glance fixed itself upon the vault of the ceiling.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • High spots in Stamps were usually negative: droughts, floods, lynchings and deaths.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • They became silent, their faces clouding over, their features becoming soft and negative, their eyes bland and deceptive.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • John Baptist answered with that peculiar back-handed shake of the right forefinger which is the most expressive negative in the Italian language.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • ’I shook my head negatively.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • And, say what you like, it is very agreeable to hear such remarks about oneself in this negative age.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • Mr. Dowlas was the negative spirit in the company, and was proud of his position.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Some folks’ polarities are negative, some positive.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • But this form also has its negative aspect.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He made a sign of the head in the negative.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Regretfully, Mrs. Fowler returned a negative answer.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your destiny.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • It’s unfair to say anything negative about Pandora when she can’t defend herself, but she was hard, very often abrasive.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • He settled the matter by clasping his arm round her as he desired, and Tess expressed no further negative.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • This is a very small negative, my guess would be half the size of a thirty-five millimeter film.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • ’Reputations can’t be taken away or contradicted, only added to, positively or negatively, of course.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • I honestly thought the degenerative process had reached a negative crisis-’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • One half of the opposition he called positive (light, fineness, warmth, being), the other negative.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • There was an emphatic negative chorus.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Besides this negative merit, the doctor had one positive recommendation;—this was a great appearance of religion.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Immediately my mind responded with a resounding negative.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • This remark seems to me both dignified and strong, yet it must be admitted that there was some justice in the negative responses to his later work.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • I didn’t manage it but I put over the idea of negative, The little girl started to bawl and fled.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • This playful pocket of negative entropy had invented a "joke" and thrown Authority into panic—and I had made an easy dollar.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • However, seventy-eight had raw-file negative evaluations.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • "I register four yes votes, two negatives, and one abstention," said the Consul.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Their blank expressions left no need for a verbal negative.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • There are so many people who are negative.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • I was overwhelmed by the task of counting negativity, because everywhere I looked, I saw negative emotions.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Negative, Holly Captain Short.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • I didn’t mean to react so negatively.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • In those cases, the comfort quotient became a negative number, and doing what came habitually actually detracted from happiness.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The dirt, the grease, the mastery of underlying form required all give it such a negative romantic appeal that women never go near it.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • ’ And he accepted my negative answer with a smile that meant he didn’t believe a word.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • I felt myself melting into the shadows like the negative of a person I’d never seen before in my life.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • At this word APOLOGIES, a cloud passed over the brow of Athos, a haughty smile curled the lip of Porthos, and a negative sign was the reply of Aramis.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I hadn’t exactly a positive view of it, but I had a negative.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Well, and in regard to the other traditions accepted in human conduct, do you maintain the same negative attitude?’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Mr. Rubenstein’s head forthwith began to wag a solemn negative.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Listen to that negativity.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
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