1. Implying denial or negation; opposed to affirmative, as a negative proposition is that which denies. Matter is not spirit.

2. Implying absence; opposed to positive.

There is a negative way of denying Christ, when we do not acknowledge and confess him.

3. Having the power of stopping or restraining. A negative voice in legislation is a voice or vote to prevent the passing of a law or decree.

Negative sign, in algebra, the sign of subtraction , a sign which indicates that the quantity to which it is prefixed is to be subtracted. It is opposed to positive ro affirmative; as ab-n.

Negative electricity, according to Dr. Franklin, is a deficiency of the fluid in a substance, or less than the substance naturally contains.


1. A proposition by which something is denied; as, matter has not the power of moving itself.

2. A word that denies; as not, no.