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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Negative


NEGATIVE, adjective

1. Implying denial or negation; opposed to affirmative, as a negative proposition is that which denies. Matter is not spirit.

2. Implying absence; opposed to positive.

There is a negative way of denying Christ, when we do not acknowledge and confess him.

3. Having the power of stopping or restraining. A negative voice in legislation is a voice or vote to prevent the passing of a law or decree.

NEGATIVE sign, in algebra, the sign of subtraction , a sign which indicates that the quantity to which it is prefixed is to be subtracted. It is opposed to positive ro affirmative; as ab-n.

NEGATIVE electricity, according to Dr. Franklin, is a deficiency of the fluid in a substance, or less than the substance naturally contains.

NEGATIVE, noun

1. A proposition by which something is denied; as, matter has not the power of moving itself.

2. A word that denies; as not, no.

3. In legislation, the right or power of preventing the enaction of a law or decree. The governor has not a negative on the proceedings of the legislature, but each branch has a negative on the other.

NEGATIVE pregnant, a negation of one thing, implying the affirmation of another.

NEGATIVE, verb transitive

1. To disprove; to prove the contrary.

The omission or infrequency of such recitals does not negative the existence of miracles.

2. To reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction. The senate negatived the bill.

3. To resist a choice or what is proposed.