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Use the word "negative" to describe attitudes, opinions, responses, comments, and results. "Negative is the opposite of "positive."


  • Yolanda has a negative attitude at work.
  • Why is she so negative about everything?
  • Don't be so negative.
  • Harold developed negatives feelings about his job.
  • It's a good idea to stay away from people who are negative if you want to succeed in life.

Responses and Comments :

  • His answer to the proposal was negative.
  • The reviews of the movie were mostly negative.
  • The student countered the teacher's position with a negative argument.
  • Public reaction to the speech was largely negative.
  • Negative feedback from employees resulted in changes to their health insurance benefits.


  • The results of the pregnancy test were negative.
  • Mario tested negative for the virus.
  • We're all relieved that the tests came back negative.
  • The negative effects of alcohol on the body and the brain are well known.

Math and Science:

  • If you multiply two negative numbers together, the result is a positive number.
  • We studied negative ions in science class today.
  • Peter's blood type is AB negative.
  • Batteries have negative and positive terminals.

It's also possible to use "negative" as a noun:

  • Their response was in the negative.
  • You have to weigh the positives against the negatives when making a decision.
  • The negativity in the room could not be offset by Maria's cheerful attitude.


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May 18, 2016







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