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adjective negative pronunciation in British English /ˈneɡətɪv/
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  1. 1
    expressing disagreement or criticism
    a negative response
    a negative opinion of her qualifications
    1. b.
      linguistics a negative form or word expressesnoornot’, for exampledontorwont
  2. 2
    harmful, or bad
    The ad campaign actually had a negative impact on sales.
    I hope the divorce won’t have a negative effect on the children.
  3. 3
    giving more attention or emphasis to bad possibilities than good ones
    a negative attitude towards women
    The article presents a rather negative view of professional sports.
  4. 4
    showing that a particular condition, disease, or substance is not present
    Her pregnancy test was negative.
    She’s remained HIV negative for years.
    He tested negative for drugs and alcohol.

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