negative


negative
negative neg‧a‧tive [ˈnegətɪv] adjective
1. bad or harmful:

• The Bank's refusal to cut interest rates is having a negative effect on the economy.

2. saying or meaning `no':

• a negative response

3. considering only the bad qualities of a situation, person etc and not the good ones:
negative about

• Stock analysts are growing increasingly negative about general insurance stocks.

4. less than zero:

• The difference between a positive growth rate of 0.5% and a negative rate of 0.5% is so small the average businessman would be unlikely to feel it.

— negatively adverb :

• Financial markets reacted negatively to the Fed's announcement.

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negative UK US /ˈnegətɪv/ adjective
bad or harmful: »

Its profits rose as higher sales and cost cuts offset the negative impact of lower prices.

have a negative effect on sth »

This trade could eventually have a negative effect on the economy and prices.

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Recognizing the costly effects of negative publicity, the company began to study the environmental impacts of its products.

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negative aspects/consequences

Compare POSITIVE(Cf. positive) adjective
expressing 'no': »

a negative answer/response

emphasizing the bad possibilities in a situation: be negative about sth »

Small and medium-size businesses were more negative about the economy than last year.

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negative attitudes/comments/reactions

less than zero: »

Employment growth was negative for manufacturing over the past year.

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Medical bills strained the budget, and before long their checking account had a negative balance.

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negative UK US /ˈnegətɪv/ noun
[C] a bad characteristic, piece of news, etc.: »

Traders see few negatives, saying hi-tech and telecoms shares will continue their rise.

answer/respond/reply in the negative — Cf. respond/reply in the negative

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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