negative etymology

English word negative comes from Latin nego, Latin negare, and later Latin negativus ((legal) inhibiting. Denied, negative, that which denies.)

Detailed word origin of negative

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
nego Latin (lat) (intransitive) I refuse, say no. (transitive) I reject, refuse, say no to (something). I deny. I keep from, prevent.
negare Latin (lat)
negativus Latin (lat) (legal) inhibiting. Denied, negative, that which denies.
negatif Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
negatif Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
negative English (eng) (New Age jargon) (pejorative) bad, unwanted, disagreeable, potentially damaging, to be avoided, unpleasant, difficult, painful; (often precedes 'energy', 'feeling', 'emotion' or 'thought').. (chemistry) metalloidal; nonmetallic; contrasted with positive or basic.. (linguistics, logic) denying a proposition. (mathematics) of number, less than zero. (physics) of electrical charge of an [...]

Words with the same origin as negative

Descendants of nego
deny renegade