|a.||1.||Denying; implying, containing, or asserting denial, negation or refusal; returning the answer no to an inquiry or request; refusing assent; |
|2.||Not positive; without affirmative statement or demonstration; indirect; consisting in the absence of something; privative; |
|3.||(Logic) Asserting absence of connection between a subject and a predicate; |
|4.||(Photog.) Of or pertaining to a picture upon glass or other material, in which the lights and shades of the original, and the relations of right and left, are reversed.|
|5.||(Chem.) Metalloidal; nonmetallic; - contrasted with |
|n.||1.||A proposition by which something is denied or forbidden; a conception or term formed by prefixing the negative particle to one which is positive; an opposite or contradictory term or conception.|
|2.||A word used in denial or refusal; |
|3.||The refusal or withholding of assents; veto.|
|4.||That side of a question which denies or refuses, or which is taken by an opposing or denying party; the relation or position of denial or opposition; |
|5.||(Photog.) A picture upon glass or other material, in which the light portions of the original are represented in some opaque material (usually reduced silver), and the dark portions by the uncovered and transparent or semitransparent ground of the picture.|
|6.||(Elect.) The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.|
|v. t.||1.||To prove unreal or untrue; to disprove.|
|2.||To reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction; |
|3.||To neutralize the force of; to counteract.|
|Noun||1.||negative - a reply of denial; "he answered in the negative"|
affirmative - a reply of affirmation; "he answered in the affirmative"
|2.||negative - a piece of photographic film showing an image with black and white tones reversed|
|Verb||1.||negative - vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent; "The President vetoed the bill"|
|Adj.||1.||negative - characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features; "a negative outlook on life"; "a colorless negative personality"; "a negative evaluation"; "a negative reaction to an advertising campaign"|
|2.||negative - reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive|
|3.||negative - having a negative electric charge; "electrons are negative"|
|4.||negative - expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial|
|5.||negative - having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant; "ran a negative campaign"; "delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"|
|6.||negative - not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition; "the HIV test was negative"|
|7.||negative - less than zero; "a negative number"|
|8.||negative - designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions; "negative criticism"|
|9.||negative - involving disadvantage or harm; "minus (or negative) factors"|
NEGATIVE. This word has several significations. 1. It is used in
contradistinction to giving assent; thus we say the president has put his
negative upon such a bill. Vide Veto. 2. It is also used in
contradistinction to affirmative; as, a negative does not always admit of
the simple and direct proof of which an affirmative is capable. When a party
affirms a negative in his pleadings, and without the establishment of which,
by evidence, he cannot recover or defend himself, the burden of the proof
lies upon him, and he must prove the negative. 8 Toull. n. 18. Vide 2 Gall.
Rep. 485; 1 McCord, R. 573; 11 John. R. 513; 19 John. R. 345; 1 Pick. R.
375; Gilb. Ev. 145; 1 Stark. Ev. 376; Bull. N. P. 298; 15 Vin. Ab. 540; Bac.
Ab. Pleas, &c. I.
202. Although as a general rule the affirmative of every issue must be proved, yet this rule ceases to operate the moment the presumption of law is thrown into the other scale. When the issue is on the legitimacy of a child, therefore, it is incumbent on the party asserting the illegitimacy to prove it. 2 Selw. N. P. 709. Vide Affirmative Innocence.