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negative
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
to express criticism or disagreement, or (especially when talking over a radio or in a military setting) to say "no"
  • Throttling his joy, Ahab negatively answered this unexpected question; and would then have fain boarded the stranger, when the stranger captain himself, having stopped his vessel's way, was seen descending her side.
    Chapters 127-129 — The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin—Ahab and Pip (32% in)
negatively = indicating an answer of "no"
  • But even had this not been the case, he would not after all, perhaps, have boarded her—judging by his subsequent conduct on similar occasions—if so it had been that, by the process of hailing, he had obtained a negative answer to the question he put.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (8% in)
negative = indicating an answer of "no"
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  • Yet, this wild hint seemed inferentially negatived, by what a grey Manxman insinuated, an old sepulchral man, who, having never before sailed out of Nantucket, had never ere this laid eye upon wild Ahab.
    Chapters 28-30 — Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (27% in)
  • And whatever they may reveal of the divine love in the Son, the soft, curled, hermaphroditical Italian pictures, in which his idea has been most successfully embodied; these pictures, so destitute as they are of all brawniness, hint nothing of any power, but the mere negative, feminine one of submission and endurance, which on all hands it is conceded, form the peculiar practical virtues of his teachings.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (29% in)

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