from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a negative manner.
  • With negative electricity; by friction on some resinous substance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a negative manner; with or by denial.
  • adverb In the form of speech implying the absence of something; -- opposed to positively.
  • adverb (Elec.) having a charge of the kind of electricity called negative, as does the electron.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a negative manner; so as to be damaging or not positive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in a negative way
  • adverb in a harmful manner


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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