Rep vs Negative - What's the difference?

rep | negative |

As nouns the difference between rep and negative

is that rep is (countable)   (reputation) or rep can be (textiles) a fabric made of silk or wool, or of silk and wool, and having a transversely corded or ribbed surface while negative is refusal or withholding of assents; veto, prohibition.

As verbs the difference between rep and negative

is that rep is to represent; to act as a representative for while negative is to veto.

As a adjective negative is

not positive or neutral.

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(wikipedia rep)

Etymology 1

Clippings of various words beginning with "rep".


(en noun)
  • (countable)   .
  • Try not to make it easy for the tabloids to ruin your rep .
  • (weightlifting, countable)   .
  • I get a better bicep workout if I use less weight and more reps .
  • (countable)   .
  • When I requested tickets for Nassau, my rep just put me on hold.
    John Doe is a participant in the House of Rep s.
  • (theater, uncountable)   .
  • She did her time in reps before she made the grade in West End theatre.


  • To represent; to act as a representative for.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=Hal G. Evarts, title=The Settling of the Sage, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Bentley, the man who repped for Slade, carried the air and the rest joined in. }}
  • * {{quote-news, year=1994, date=November 4, author=Bill Wyman, title=Evanston's New Music Hall/Veruca Salt Grow Up/Schmitsville, work=Chicago Reader citation
  • , passage=He left to help the Reader set up its national advertising arm, went back to Rolling Stone for five years, repped other magazines, and finally set up his own company, which currently scouts ads for the Atlantic, Spin, Discover, and a publication called Disney Adventures. }}
  • (knitting) repeat
  • * 2011 , Hannah Fettig, Closely Knit: Handmade Gifts For The Ones You Love (page 44)
  • Rep' neck dec EOR 4 times more, AND AT THE SAME TIME, ' rep armhole dec EOR 4 (4,5) times more

    Etymology 2

    Back-formation from (reps), misinterpreted as a plural.


    (en noun)
  • (textiles) A fabric made of silk or wool, or of silk and wool, and having a transversely corded or ribbed surface.
  • * 1923 , Theodore Dreiser, The Color of a Great City
  • Underfoot is a rich brown marble from the shores of Lake Champlain. The wainscoting is of green rep and red Numidian marble.


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    (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, []
  • 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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