negative

(redirected from negatives)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

negative

1. An aspect of something that is particularly unfavorable, undesirable, or problematic; a drawback or con. They're offering a great salary with amazing benefits. The only negative is that I'll have to move halfway across the state to work there. Looking at your proposal, the potential negatives seem to outweigh the expected positives.
2. No. A: "Do you see anything on the radar?" B: "Negative, Captain." I was expecting negatives from everyone on the board, so I was pleasantly surprised when they agreed to my idea.

(I've) seen worse.

a noncommittal and not totally negative judgment about something or someone. Alice: How did you like the movie? John: I've seen worse. Bill: What do you think about this weather? Gladys: Seen worse.
See also: seen, worse

negative

n. any drawback or bad thing about someone or something. There are too many negatives associated with your plan.
References in classic literature ?
Owing to these complications, the simplest type of correspondence is impossible when either negative facts or negative propositions are involved.
Each particle has its positives and negatives that can be balanced to reach specific papermaking goals.
Most of the literature discusses synergy in terms of a positive effect, but the effects can also be negative.
The real problem is in deciding how precautionary to be in the face of inevitable uncertainties, demanding that we understand the equally inevitable false positives and false negatives from screening evidence.
When fixing is complete, you can view your negatives in light.
Estimates of false negatives rates vary, but generally range from 10 to 30 percent.
Employed as negatives, these slides provide enlargements with negative values and, paradoxically, unique photographic qualities.
False negatives, says Harvard's Essex, are "still a limitation in the first-and second-generation test.