Synonyms of negative in English:

negative


See definition of negative

adjective

1‘the petition produced a negative reply from the Home Office’

SYNONYMS

saying ‘no’, in the negative, rejecting, refusing

dissenting, dissentient, contrary, anti-, opposing, opposed

denying

formal gainsaying

rare dissentious

ANTONYMS

positive, affirmative

2‘he was criticized for being negative’

SYNONYMS

pessimistic, defeatist, gloomy, gloom-ridden, cynical, bleak, fatalistic, dismissive, anti, antipathetic, uncooperative, obstructive

unenthusiastic, cool, cold, uninterested, unresponsive, apathetic

ANTONYMS

positive, optimistic, constructive, enthusiastic

3‘the crisis had an immediate and negative effect on the economy’

SYNONYMS

harmful, bad, adverse, damaging, detrimental, unfortunate, unfavourable, disadvantageous

ANTONYMS

favourable, good


noun

1‘he murmured something sufficiently incomprehensible for her to take it as a negative’

SYNONYMS

no, refusal, rejection, veto

dissension, contradiction

denial


verb

1‘the bill was negatived on the second reading by 130 votes to 129’

SYNONYMS

reject, turn down, say ‘no’ to, refuse, veto, squash

informal give the thumbs down to, give the red light to

ANTONYMS

accept, ratify, pass

2‘the insurer's main arguments were negatived by Lawrence’

SYNONYMS

disprove, prove to be false, show to be false, give the lie to, belie, invalidate, call into question, refute, rebut, discredit, explode

contradict, deny, negate

formal gainsay

ANTONYMS

prove, substantiate

3‘would-be vendors inevitably raise selling prices to negative the effect of the tax’

SYNONYMS

cancel out, neutralize, counteract, nullify, negate, render ineffective

offset, balance, counterbalance, balance out, equalize