toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

negative
used in Oliver Twist

2 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
to express criticism or disagreement, or (especially when talking over a radio or in a military setting) to say "no"
  • Oliver, whose eyes had glistened at the mention of meat, and who was trembling with eagerness to devour it, replied in the negative; and a plateful of coarse broken victuals was set before him.
    Chapter 4 — Oliver, Being Offered Another Place, Makes His First.... (92% in)
negative = indicating an answer of "no"
  • These being answered in the negative, communicated the welcome intelligence to clusters in the street, who pointed out to one another the door from which he must come out, and showed where the scaffold would be built, and, walking with unwilling steps away, turned back to conjure up the scene.
    Chapter 52 — Fagin's Last Night Alive (62% in)
negative = indicating an answer of "no"
There are no more uses of "negative" in Oliver Twist.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary / more samples — Oxford® USDictionary list — Onelook.com®