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negative
used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

11 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
had a negative effect
Definition
bad or harmful
  • There's a negative reaction to all the weight.
    Part 3 (6% in)
  • Phaedrus' argument for the abolition of the degree-and— grading system produced a nonplussed or negative reaction in all but a few students at first, since it seemed, on first judgment, to destroy the whole University system.
    Part 3 (6% in)

There are no more uses of "negative" flagged with this meaning in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

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  • The hippies had in mind something that they wanted, and were calling it "freedom," but in the final analysis "freedom" is a purely negative goal.
    Afterward (32% in)
  • The dirt, the grease, the mastery of underlying form required all give it such a negative romantic appeal that women never go near it.
    Part 1 (76% in)
  • John looks at the motorcycle and he sees steel in various shapes and has negative feelings about these steel shapes and turns off the whole thing.
    Part 2 (4% in)
  • His attitudes toward the department here seem guarded, but negative.
    Part 2 (76% in)
  • They would be negative, of course, or he wouldn't be leaving.
    Part 2 (76% in)
  • Before doing this, however, I should go over some of the negative aspects of traditional maintenance to show just where the problems are.
    Part 3 (64% in)
  • Throughout this Chautauqua so far this whole problem of technological ugliness has been looked at in a negative way.
    Part 3 (75% in)
  • The overwhelming majority of facts, the sights and sounds that are around us every second and the relationships among them and everything in our memory...these have no Quality, in fact have a negative quality.
    Part 3 (88% in)
  • I certainly don't see Aristotle's works as a major source of either positive or negative values.
    Part 4 (37% in)

There are no more uses of "negative" in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

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