Definition of negativism in US English:

negativism

noun

  • The practice of being or tendency to be negative or skeptical in attitude while failing to offer positive suggestions or views.

    ‘the research found a high level of negativism and cynicism among working people’
    • ‘I mean, I wonder whether a lot of people are turned off just to the relentless negativism of the press coverage.’
    • ‘The process of formulating Bulgaria's stand should not be accompanied by Euro-skepticism and negativism as some could exploit this.’
    • ‘Let us turn our youth around from negativism and hopelessness to a positive and optimistic attitude.’
    • ‘When we come to Hindu literature of later times, we find a marked tilt towards attitude of pessimism, negativism.’
    • ‘But those who rated highest on personality traits such as negativism and paranoia before deployment also tended to show more signs of PTSD later.’
    • ‘Despite constant negativism in the press, these are two propositions that most Americans are willing to accept if the President makes the case.’
    • ‘Studies on inter-group learning have shown that the more children learn about each other religious and cultural differences, the less negativism they will have toward other groups.’
    • ‘Yes, but let me say that, obviously, as we look at this campaign, and just to listen to Charlie right now, I have never seen such a pattern of negativism emphasized by Democrats or any campaign.’
    • ‘Naturally, this appeal is directed to politicians and intellectuals who take rational argument and debate seriously, for there is little point in trying to get through to those who are only good at fault-finding and negativism.’
    • ‘But if we want more Americans to get out and vote on election day, then we have overcome the sort of kneejerk negativism that turns so many Americans off to electoral politics.’
    • ‘But other than that, remember folks, it's been a huge success and anybody who doesn't see it that way is a nattering nabob of negativism.’
    • ‘If we are to build on this experience we must bring to bear a spirit of constructive engagement, for this will ultimately be far more productive than boycotts or other forms of negativism, regardless of the justifications.’
    • ‘What I'm saying, I guess, is that as long as the anti-war critics continue relentless negativism without any constructive alternative, they will soon lose the debate.’
    • ‘Perhaps for that reason, few people have bothered to refute Donald's silly negativism.’
    • ‘People are increasingly aware of how important it is to contribute their ideas in a constructive spirit, free of demagoguery and negativism.’
    • ‘Whatever he touches withers in his grasp and sinks from view into a muck of despair, negativism and nihilism.’
    • ‘So much of the Conservative campaign is desperate, not least their party political broadcasts which have now plumbed new depths in negativism and prejudice.’
    • ‘Scotland's major task in the coming decades will be to outgrow the stultifying mentality of negativism and inferiority that has dogged the nation since the second world war.’
    • ‘Unlike the tenor of the 1990s, just about any conversation touching on technology today involves more Luddite-tinged negativism than enthusiastic promise.’
    • ‘They've been inundated with months of negativism from the Democratic candidates - not just from the candidates themselves, but millions of dollars of advertising.’
    passive acceptance, resignation, acceptance, acceptance of the inevitable, stoicism
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Pronunciation

negativism

/ˈneɡədəvˌizəm//ˈnɛɡədəvˌɪzəm/