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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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You don't want any ground-connection except the one through the negative brush.
The most important of them are: his exclusive right to make propositions to the diet; to negative its resolutions; to name ambassadors; to confer dignities and titles; to fill vacant electorates; to found universities; to grant privileges not injurious to the states of the empire; to receive and apply the public revenues; and generally to watch over the public safety.
I was therefore obliged, much to my regret, to shake my head in the negative - intending thus to give the Angel to understand that I found it inconvenient, just at that moment, to comply with his very reasonable demand
His experience of women was great enough for him to be aware that the negative often meant nothing more than the preface to the affirmative; and it was little enough for him not to know that in the manner of the present negative there lay a great exception to the dallyings of coyness.
But when events assumed their true historical character, when expressing hatred for the French in words proved insufficient, when it was not even possible to express that hatred by fighting a battle, when self-confidence was of no avail in relation to the one question before Moscow, when the whole population streamed out of Moscow as one man, abandoning their belongings and proving by that negative action all the depth of their national feeling, then the role chosen by Rostopchin suddenly appeared senseless.
Still, with these, as [67] with all other genuine priests, it is the positive not the negative result that justifies the position.
A double negative is - let me see - well, you say, 'never helped nobody.
Similar questions were next put to the nurse, and were all answered by this witness also in the negative.
It is true, I had not yet learned that I must say "It is I"; but I no longer was guilty of a double negative in writing, though still prone to that error in excited speech.
Besides this negative merit, the doctor had one positive recommendation;--this was a great appearance of religion.
Put thus broadly and abstractly, the answer must be negative.
Charged with this commission, Betsy had gone to Anna, and brought him back a negative reply.