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negative

adjective acrimonious, antagonistic, antipathetical, argumentative, at odds with, averse, belligerent, bickering, cantankerous, clashing, conflicting, confutative, contentious, contrary, contrasted, contrasting, counteractive, countering, demurring, denying, discordant, disobliging, dissentient, dissident, factious, fractious, gainsaying, ill-willed, impugning, incompatible, inimical, inverse, negans, negatory, opposed, opposing, opposite, rancorous, rebuffing, rebutting, refuting, rejecting, repugnant, resistive, reverse, spurning, unaffirmative, unconverted, unconvinced
Associated concepts: negative covenant, negative easeeent, negative evidence, negative testimony
See also: challenge, contest, contradict, contrary, disadvantageous, disapprove, disavow, disown, dispute, dissent, negate, opposite, perverse, prohibit, rebut, recusant, refuse, reject, veto, vitiate

NEGATIVE. This word has several significations. 1. It is used in contradistinction to giving assent; thus we say the president has put his negative upon such a bill. Vide Veto. 2. It is also used in contradistinction to affirmative; as, a negative does not always admit of the simple and direct proof of which an affirmative is capable. When a party affirms a negative in his pleadings, and without the establishment of which, by evidence, he cannot recover or defend himself, the burden of the proof lies upon him, and he must prove the negative. 8 Toull. n. 18. Vide 2 Gall. Rep. 485; 1 McCord, R. 573; 11 John. R. 513; 19 John. R. 345; 1 Pick. R. 375; Gilb. Ev. 145; 1 Stark. Ev. 376; Bull. N. P. 298; 15 Vin. Ab. 540; Bac. Ab. Pleas, &c. I.
    202. Although as a general rule the affirmative of every issue must be proved, yet this rule ceases to operate the moment the presumption of law is thrown into the other scale. When the issue is on the legitimacy of a child, therefore, it is incumbent on the party asserting the illegitimacy to prove it. 2 Selw. N. P. 709. Vide Affirmative Innocence.

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Every substance is negatively electric to that which stands above it in the chemical tables, positively to that which stands below it.
Negatively, at least, I may be allowed to say, that had I been sensible of any great demerit in the work, you are the last person to whose protection I would have ventured to recommend it.
Well, I do act negatively on that idea, so far as not trying to increase the difference of position existing between him and me.
The little man shook his head negatively the least bit.
I released her long emaciated hand, shook my head negatively, and sat down.
That puzzled me much; but, however, I explained myself negatively, that it was one that did not go to service, to do housework.
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Iran was viewed negatively in 25 of the 27 countries polled.
And one chap was not only negatively impressed by someone who'd really got his goat - he was negatively amused and negatively entertained, too.
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Reports of effective implementation of reforms were positively related to improvement in passage rates on state tests, while teachers' efficacy helping difficult students was negatively related.