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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NEGATIVELY

He just raised his head when I looked in and shook it negatively, pursing up his lips.

She moved her rigidly set face from left to right, negatively.

One can only say negatively that these faces are not Christian.

She shook her head back at me negatively, I wonder why to this day.

Let me say first, negatively, what is not the province of this sex.

So much is shown, affirmatively and negatively, by the election.

The law could bear witness to it only negatively by demonstrating its necessity.

It was a gesture that could be interpreted affirmatively or negatively, at pleasure.

Not only negatively, but positively there is mercy in the snow.

We found that even the epigan Chologaster is negatively heliotropic.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "expressing denial," from Old French negatif (13c.) and directly from Latin negativus "that which denies," from negat-, past participle stem of negare "deny, say no" (see deny). Meaning "expressing negation" is from c.1500; that of "characterized by absence" is from 1560s. Algebraic sense is from 1670s. The electricity sense is from 1755.

Related: Negatively.

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