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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The optimism index for employment rose from minus 24.4 in June to minus 23.2 in July, the survey found.
The General Economic Situation Index measuring the past twelve months dipped to minus 32 in June from minus 30 in May, while the index measuring the twelve months ahead slipped further to minus 33 from minus 29.
According to India Meteorological Department department (IMD), "Srinagar city registered a low of minus 6.8 degrees Celsius on Monday, which is the coldest recorded temperature in the city in almost 11 years.
Two other students, Elisha Wasike and Emoit Nester, scored A plain grades of 81 points.MUDASA ACADEMYThe list released by the school showed several students had managed a mean grade of A minus.
The arctic blast could make temperatures feel as low as minus 15 degrees to minus 25 from Philadelphia to Boston and make residents of states like Maryland and Virginia shiver from temperatures ranging from 10 degrees to 15 degrees.
Of those whose results had come in, the top student had an A- (minus) of 80 points.
Masoud Hajizavareh had to settle for the bronze medal of men's minus 74-kilogram category after he could not show up for the last contest due to injuries he had sustained earlier in the tournament.
Similarly, the June-July contracts discounts narrowed 50 cents from Tuesday to minus $2.50 a ton.
This morning the lowest temperature was minus 10 degrees.
As you headed east, the temperatures warmed slightly, minus 14 in Ashby, minus 11 in Fitchburg and Ayer, minus 13 in Westford, and minus 15 in Concord and Sterling.
The mood among households in the currency bloc gained markedly to minus 9.3, a big advance on the index from minus 12.7 in February, according to the monthly compilation.
Babbitt, Minnesota, was the coldest place in the United States on Monday at minus 37F (minus 38.3C), according to the National Weather Service.