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negative | motivation |

As an adjective negative

is .

As a noun motivation is

(label) motivation.




(en adjective)
  • not positive or neutral
  • (physics) of electrical charge of an electron and related particles
  • (mathematics) of number, less than zero
  • (linguistics, logic) denying a proposition
  • damaging; undesirable; unfavourable
  • The high exchange rate will have a negative effect on our profits.
    Customers didn't like it: feedback was mostly negative .
  • pessimistic; not tending to see the bright side of things. (Often used pejoratively.)
  • I don't like to hang around him very much because he can be so negative about his petty problems.
  • Of or relating to a photographic image in which the colours of the original, and the relations of right and left, are reversed.
  • (chemistry) metalloidal; nonmetallic; contrasted with positive or basic.
  • The nitro group is negative .
  • (New Age jargon) (pejorative) bad, unwanted, disagreeable, potentially damaging, to be avoided, unpleasant, difficult, painful; (often precedes 'energy', 'feeling', 'emotion' or 'thought').
  • * 2009 , Christopher Johns, Becoming a Reflective Practitioner , John Wiley & Sons, p. 15
  • Negative' feelings can be worked through and their energy converted into positive energy... In crisis, normal patterns of self-organization fail, resulting in anxiety (' negative energy).
  • * 2011 , Joe Vitale, The Key: the missing secret for attracting anything you want , Body, Mind & Spirit, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=hf5qEW9n_fsC&pg=PT109&dq=positive+feelings&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MkX-T8PQCo6KmQXjr4GhBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=unwanted%20feelings&f=false]
  • The threat of negative feelings may seem very real, but they are nothing more than mirages... Allow the unwanted feelings to evaporate and dissolve as the mirages that they are.
  • * 2011 , Anne Jones, Healing Negative Energies , Hachette, p. 118
  • If you have been badly affected by negative' energy a salt bath is wonderful for clearing and cleansing yourself... Salt attracts ' negative energy and will draw it away from you.


    * (damaging) undesirable


    * positive * (mathematics) nonnegative * (linguistics) affirmative

    Derived terms

    * negativeness * negativity * negative number * negative integer * negative polarity item * negative repetition * negative Nancy * negative verb * negative zero


    (en noun)
  • refusal or withholding of assents; veto, prohibition
  • * 1843 , '', book 2, ch. XV, ''Practical — Devotional
  • Geoffrey Riddell , a great builder himself, disliked the request; could not however give it a negative .
  • (legal) a right of veto
  • * 1787 , , cited in The Constitutional Convention Of 1787: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia Of America's Founding (2005), Volume 1, page 391
  • And as to the Constitutionality of laws, that point will come before the Judges in their proper official character. In this character they have a negative on the laws.
  • * 1788 , Alexander Hamilton,
  • The qualified negative' of the President differs widely from this absolute ' negative of the British sovereign; [...]
  • * 1983 ,
  • In the convention there does not seem to have been much diversity of opinion on the subject of the propriety of giving to the president a negative on the laws.
  • (photography) an image in which dark areas represent light ones, and the converse
  • (grammar) a word that indicates negation
  • (mathematics) a negative quantity
  • (weightlifting): A rep performed with weight in which the muscle begins at maximum contraction and is slowly extended; a movement performed using only the eccentric phase of muscle movement.
  • The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
  • Derived terms

    * double negative * internegative


  • To veto
  • * L. T. Meade, The Palace Beautiful
  • Poppy earnestly begged to be allowed to go with Jasmine on the roof, but this the good lady negatived with horror.
  • To contradict
  • To disprove
  • * J. H. Riddell, Old Mrs Jones
  • At one time an idea got abroad that the whole tale of her fortune had been a myth; negatived the truth of this statement.


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    (en noun)
  • Willingness of action especially in behavior
  • The action of motivating.
  • Something which motivates.
  • An incentive or reason for doing something.
  • (advertising) a research rating that measures how the rational and emotional elements of a commercial affect consumer intention to consider, visit, or buy something.
  • The motivation scores showed that 65% of people wanted to visit our website to learn more about the offer after watching the commercial.

    Derived terms

    * intrinsic motivation * extrinsic motivation


    * (sense) The Advertising Research Handbook Charles E. Young, Ideas in Flight, Seattle, WA, April 2005 ----