in the negative

in the negative
adverb (or adjective)
1. : in favor of or with the effect of rejection or refusal

the vote was wholly in the negative

2. : with a negative answer

invited her to go but she answered in the negative

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in the negative phrase
saying ‘no’

He answered in the negative.

Thesaurus: ways of saying nosynonym
Main entry: negative

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in the negative
formal : with a reply that means “no”

She answered (the question) in the negative. [=she answered “no”]

— compare in the affirmative at affirmative, 2
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Main Entry:negative

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