What is negative?

  • (noun): A piece of photographic film showing an image with black and white tones reversed.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on negative:

Negative - Other Uses
... Negative sign, the passive or feminine signs of the zodiac in astrology Negative space, in art, the space around or between elements of the subject Negative (policy debate) (NEG), the team which negates ...
Friedrichs Extension - Examples
... Multiplication by a non-negative function on an L2 space is a non-negative self-adjoint operator ... functions of compact support, in symbols If for each x ∈ U the n × n matrix is non-negative semi-definite, then T is a non-negative operator ... These operators are elliptic although in general elliptic operators may not be non-negative ...
William Ernest Hocking - Negative Pragmatism
... Perhaps Hocking's most important contribution to philosophy is "negative pragmatism," which means that what "works" pragmatically might or might not be true, but what does not work must be false ... all of the other criteria of truth they present, but they do not denigrate negative pragmatism ... To find an inadequacy in any criterion is to invoke negative pragmatism ...
Martingale (betting System) - Intuitive Analysis
... casino games, the expected value of any individual bet is negative, so the sum of lots of negative numbers is also always going to be negative ...
... opinions and use of words with strong positive or negative connotations (e.g ... terrorist as negative and freedom fighter as positive) ... A similar idiom is "all things to all people", which is often used as a negative term in politics ...

More definitions of "negative":

  • (adj): Expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial.
  • (verb): Vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent.
    Synonyms: veto, blackball
  • (adj): Involving disadvantage or harm.
    Synonyms: minus
  • (adj): Reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive.
  • (adj): Having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant.
    Example: "Ran a negative campaign"; "delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"
  • (adj): Not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition.
    Example: "The HIV test was negative"
    Synonyms: disconfirming
  • (noun): A reply of denial.
    Example: "He answered in the negative"
  • (adj): Designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions.
    Example: "Negative criticism"
    Synonyms: damaging
  • (adj): Less than zero.
    Example: "A negative number"
  • (adj): Characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features.
    Example: "A negative outlook on life"; "a colorless negative personality"; "a negative evaluation"; "a negative reaction to an advertising campaign"
  • (adj): Having a negative electric charge.
    Example: "Electrons are negative"
    Synonyms: electronegative

Famous quotes containing the word negative:

    Isolation in creative work is an onerous thing. Better to have negative criticism than nothing at all.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904)

    The negative cautions of science are never popular. If the experimentalist would not commit himself, the social philosopher, the preacher, and the pedagogue tried the harder to give a short- cut answer.
    Margaret Mead (1901–1978)

    The idealist’s programme of political or economic reform may be impracticable, absurd, demonstrably ridiculous; but it can never be successfully opposed merely by pointing out that this is the case. A negative opposition cannot be wholly effectual: there must be a competing idealism; something must be offered that is not only less objectionable but more desirable.
    Charles Horton Cooley (1864–1929)