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Pessimistic vs. Negative — What's the Difference?

Pessimistic vs. Negative — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Pessimistic and Negative

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Pessimistic

A tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view
"We have seen too much defeatism, too much pessimism, too much of a negative approach" (Margo Jones).
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Negative

Expressing, containing, or consisting of a negation, refusal, or denial
Gave a negative answer to our request.
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Pessimistic

The doctrine or belief that this is the worst of all possible worlds and that all things ultimately tend toward evil.
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Negative

Indicating opposition or resistance
A negative reaction to the new advertising campaign.
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Pessimistic

The doctrine or belief that the evil in the world outweighs the good.
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Negative

Unpleasant; disagreeable
Had a negative experience on his first job.
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Pessimistic

Marked by pessimism and little hopefulness; expecting the worst.
A pessimistic view of the future
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Negative

Gloomy; pessimistic
A negative outlook.
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Pessimistic

Pertaining to the worst-case scenario.
A pessimistic estimate
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Negative

Unfavorable or detrimental
A negative review.
A negative effect on the child's development.
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Pessimistic

(computing) Taking out exclusive locks on data to prevent conflicts with other processes that might modify it.
Pessimistic concurrency; pessimistic locking
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Negative

Hostile or disparaging; malicious
Ran a negative campaign against her opponent.
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Pessimistic

Expecting the worst in this worst of all possible worlds
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Negative

(Medicine) Not indicating the presence of a particular disease, condition, or organism.
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Negative

(Philosophy) Of or relating to non-being or the absence of qualities rather than being or the possession of qualities
The purely negative virtue of unselfishness.
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Negative

(Logic) Designating a proposition that denies agreement between a subject and its predicate.
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Negative

Of or relating to a quantity less than zero.
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Negative

Of or relating to the sign (−).
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Negative

Of or relating to a quantity to be subtracted from another.
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Negative

Of or relating to a quantity, number, angle, velocity, or direction in a sense opposite to another of the same magnitude indicated or understood to be positive.
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Negative

Of or relating to an electric charge of the same sign as that of an electron, indicated by the symbol (−).
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Negative

Of or relating to a body that has more electrons than protons.
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Negative

(Chemistry) Of or relating to an ion, the anion, that is attracted to a positive electrode.
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Negative

(Biology) Moving or turning away from a stimulus, such as light
A negative tropism.
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Negative

A statement or act indicating or expressing a contradiction, denial, or refusal.
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Negative

A statement or act that is highly critical of another or of others
Campaign advertising that was based solely on negatives.
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Negative

Something that lacks all positive, affirmative, or encouraging features; an element that is the counterpoint of the positive
“Life is full of overwhelming odds. You can't really eliminate the negatives but you can diminish them” (Art Linkletter).
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Negative

A feature or characteristic that is not deemed positive, affirmative, or desirable
“As voters get to know his liberal views, his negatives will rise” (Richard M. Nixon).
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Negative

(Grammar) A word or part of a word, such as no, not, or non-, that indicates negation. See Usage Note at double negative.
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Negative

The side in a debate that contradicts or opposes the question being debated.
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Negative

An image in which the light areas of the object rendered appear dark and the dark areas appear light. In a color negative, hues are also reversed so that each color is represented by its complementary color.
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Negative

A film, plate, or other photographic material containing such an image.
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Negative

(Mathematics) A negative quantity.
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Negative

To refuse to approve; veto.
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Negative

To deny; contradict.
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Negative

To demonstrate to be false; disprove.
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Negative

To counteract or neutralize.
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Negative

Not positive nor neutral.
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Negative

(physics) Of electrical charge of an electron and related particles
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Negative

(mathematics) Of a number: less than zero
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Negative

(weather) Less than zero degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit.
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Negative

Denying a proposition.
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Negative

Damaging; undesirable; unfavourable.
The high exchange rate will have a negative effect on our profits.
Customers didn’t like it: feedback was mostly negative.
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Negative

Pessimistic; not tending to see the bright side of things.
I don’t like to hang around him very much because he can be so negative about his petty problems.
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Negative

Of or relating to a photographic image in which the colours of the original, and the relations of left and right, are reversed.
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Negative

(chemistry) Metalloidal, nonmetallic; contrasted with positive or basic.
The nitro group is negative.
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Negative

Often preceded by emotion, energy, feeling, or thought: to be avoided, bad, difficult, disagreeable, painful, potentially damaging, unpleasant, unwanted.
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Negative

Characterized by the presence of features which do not support a hypothesis.
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Negative

(slang) HIV negative.
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Negative

(slang) COVID-19 negative.
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Negative

Refusal or withholding of assents; prohibition, veto
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Negative

An unfavorable point or characteristic.
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Negative

(law) A right of veto.
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Negative

(photography) An image in which dark areas represent light ones, and the converse.
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Negative

(grammar) A word that indicates negation.
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Negative

(mathematics) A negative quantity.
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Negative

(weightlifting) A repetition performed with a weight in which the muscle begins at maximum contraction and is slowly extended; a movement performed using only the eccentric phase of muscle movement.
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Negative

The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
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Negative

(transitive) To refuse; to veto.
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Negative

(transitive) To contradict.
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Negative

(transitive) To disprove.
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Negative

(transitive) To make ineffective; to neutralize, to negate.
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Negative

No; nay.
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Negative

Denying; implying, containing, or asserting denial, negation or refusal; returning the answer no to an inquiry or request; refusing assent; as, a negative answer; a negative opinion; - opposed to affirmative.
If thou wilt confess,Or else be impudently negative.
Denying me any power of a negative voice.
Something between an affirmative bow and a negative shake.
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Negative

Not positive; without affirmative statement or demonstration; indirect; consisting in the absence of something; privative; as, a negative argument; negative evidence; a negative morality; negative criticism.
There in another way of denying Christ, . . . which is negative, when we do not acknowledge and confess him.
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Negative

Asserting absence of connection between a subject and a predicate; as, a negative proposition.
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Negative

Of or pertaining to a picture upon glass or other material, in which the lights and shades of the original, and the relations of right and left, are reversed.
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Negative

Metalloidal; nonmetallic; - contrasted with positive or basic; as, the nitro group is negative.
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Negative

A proposition by which something is denied or forbidden; a conception or term formed by prefixing the negative particle to one which is positive; an opposite or contradictory term or conception.
This is a known rule in divinity, that there is no command that runs in negatives but couches under it a positive duty.
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Negative

A word used in denial or refusal; as, not, no.
No wine ne drank she, neither white nor red.
These eyes that never did nor never shallSo much as frown on you.
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Negative

The refusal or withholding of assents; veto.
If a kind without his kingdom be, in a civil sense, nothing, then . . . his negative is as good as nothing.
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Negative

That side of a question which denies or refuses, or which is taken by an opposing or denying party; the relation or position of denial or opposition; as, the question was decided in the negative.
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Negative

A picture upon glass or other material, in which the light portions of the original are represented in some opaque material (usually reduced silver), and the dark portions by the uncovered and transparent or semitransparent ground of the picture.
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Negative

The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
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Negative

To prove unreal or untrue; to disprove.
The omission or infrequency of such recitals does not negative the existence of miracles.
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Negative

To reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction; as, the Senate negatived the bill.
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Negative

To neutralize the force of; to counteract.
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Negative

A reply of denial;
He answered in the negative
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Negative

A piece of photographic film showing an image with black and white tones reversed
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Negative

Vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent;
The President vetoed the bill
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Negative

Characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features;
A negative outlook on life
A colorless negative personality
A negative evaluation
A negative reaction to an advertising campaign
A positive attitude
The reviews were all positive
A positive benefit
A positive demand
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Negative

Reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
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Negative

Having a negative electric charge;
Electrons are negative
Protons are positive
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Negative

Expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial
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Negative

Having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant;
Ran a negative campaign
Delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life
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Negative

Not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition;
The HIV test was negative
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Negative

Less than zero;
A negative number
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Negative

Designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions;
Negative criticism
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Negative

Involving disadvantage or harm;
Minus (or negative) factors
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