blackball vs negative what difference

what is difference between blackball and negative

English

Etymology

black +‎ ball

Pronunciation

  • enPR: blăk’bôl’, IPA(key): /ˈblækbɔːl/

Noun

blackball (countable and uncountable, plural blackballs)

  1. (countable) A rejection; a vote against admitting someone.
  2. (countable) A black ball used to indicate such a negative vote.
  3. (countable) A kind of large black sweet; a niggerball.
  4. A substance for blacking shoes, boots, etc. or for taking impressions of engraved work.
  5. (uncountable) A game, a standardized version of the English version of eight-ball.
    Synonym: reds and yellows

Verb

blackball (third-person singular simple present blackballs, present participle blackballing, simple past and past participle blackballed)

  1. (transitive) To vote against, especially in an exclusive organization.
  2. (transitive) To ostracize.
    Synonyms: blacklist, send to Coventry; see also Thesaurus:ignore, Thesaurus:boycott


English

Etymology

From Middle English negative, negatif, from Old French negatif, from Latin negativus (that denies, negative), from negare (to deny); see negate.

Alternative forms

  • −ve (abbreviation)

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈnɛɡətɪv/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈnɛɡətɪv/, /-ɾɪv/
  • (Canada) IPA(key): /ˈnɛ(e)ɡəˌɾɪv/
  • Hyphenation: neg‧a‧tive

Adjective

negative (comparative more negative, superlative most negative)

  1. Not positive nor neutral.
  2. (physics) Of electrical charge of an electron and related particles [from the 18th c.]
  3. (mathematics) Of a number: less than zero
    Antonym: nonnegative
  4. (linguistics, logic) Denying a proposition.
    Antonym: affirmative
  5. Damaging; undesirable; unfavourable.
  6. Often used pejoratively: pessimistic; not tending to see the bright side of things.
  7. Of or relating to a photographic image in which the colours of the original, and the relations of left and right, are reversed.
  8. (chemistry) Metalloidal, nonmetallic; contrasted with positive or basic.
  9. (New Age jargon, derogatory) Often preceded by emotion, energy, feeling, or thought: to be avoided, bad, difficult, disagreeable, painful, potentially damaging, unpleasant, unwanted.
    • 2009, Christopher Johns, Becoming a Reflective Practitioner, John Wiley & Sons, page 15
      Negative feelings can be worked through and their energy converted into positive energy… In crisis, normal patterns of self-organization fail, resulting in anxiety (negative energy).
    • 2011, Joe Vitale, The Key: the missing secret for attracting anything you want, Body, Mind & Spirit, [1]
      The threat of negative feelings may seem very real, but they are nothing more than mirages… Allow the unwanted feelings to evaporate and dissolve as the mirages that they are.
    • 2011, Anne Jones, Healing Negative Energies, Hachette, page 118
      If you have been badly affected by negative energy a salt bath is wonderful for clearing and cleansing yourself… Salt attracts negative energy and will draw it away from you.
  10. Characterized by the presence of features which do not support a hypothesis.
  11. (slang) HIV negative
    • quoted in 2013, William I. Johnston, HIV-Negative: How the Uninfected Are Affected by AIDS (page 145)
      We certainly told him at that time that I was negative. We talked about transmission. We told him we don’t do anything that would cause me to become positive.

Synonyms

  • (damaging): undesirable

Antonyms

  • positive

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

Noun

negative (plural negatives)

  1. Refusal or withholding of assents; prohibition, veto [from 15th c.]
    • “Upon my word, I can’t eat a morsel,” answered the lady [] There is indeed in perfect beauty a power which none almost can withstand; for my landlady, though she was not pleased at the negative given to the supper, declared she had never seen so lovely a creature.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. XV, Practical — Devotional
      Geoffrey Riddell Bishop of Ely […] made a request of him for timber from his woods towards certain edifices going on at Glemsford. The Abbot, a great builder himself, disliked the request; could not however give it a negative.
  2. (law) A right of veto.
    • 1787, Luther Martin, cited in The Constitutional Convention Of 1787: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia Of America’s Founding (2005), Volume 1, page 391
      And as to the Constitutionality of laws, that point will come before the Judges in their proper official character. In this character they have a negative on the laws.
    • 1788, Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, no. 68
      The qualified negative of the President differs widely from this absolute negative of the British sovereign; []
    • 1983, INS v. Chadha, Opinion of the Court
      In the convention there does not seem to have been much diversity of opinion on the subject of the propriety of giving to the president a negative on the laws.
  3. (photography) An image in which dark areas represent light ones, and the converse. [from 19th c.]
  4. (grammar) A word that indicates negation.
  5. (mathematics) A negative quantity.
  6. (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.
  7. The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

negative (third-person singular simple present negatives, present participle negativing, simple past and past participle negatived)

  1. (transitive) To refuse; to veto.
    • 1887, L. T. Meade, The Palace Beautiful: A Story for Girls, Chapter XVIII, [2]
      Poppy earnestly begged to be allowed to go with Jasmine on the roof, but this the good lady negatived with horror.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 12, [3]
      And being of warm blood he had not the phlegm tacitly to negative any proposition by unresponsive inaction.
  2. (transitive) To contradict.
    • 1892, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Chapter XXXIII, [4]
      “A comely maid, that,” said the other.
      “True, comely enough. But unless I make a great mistake—” And he negatived the remainder of the definition forthwith.
  3. (transitive) To disprove.
    • 1882, J. H. Riddell, “Old Mrs Jones” in The Collected Ghost Stories of Mrs. J. H. Riddell, Dover, 1977, page 192, [5]
      At one time an idea got abroad that the whole tale of her fortune had been a myth; [] but the boastings of various servants who declared they had seen her with “rolls on rolls” of banknotes [] negatived the truth of this statement.
  4. (transitive) To make ineffective; to neutralize, to negate.
    • 1959, Flavius Josephus, The Jewish War, translated by G. A. Williamson, Penguin, 1970, Chapter 5, page 98,
      Yet he made his largesse daily more lavish, as he saw the king negativing his efforts by taking care of the orphans and showing his remorse for the murder of his sons by his tenderness towards their little ones.

Derived terms

  • negativation

Interjection

negative

  1. (law, signalling) No; nay.

Anagrams

  • agentive, gate vein, veganite

Danish

Adjective

negative

  1. inflection of negativ:
    1. definite attributive positive degree/superlative degree
    2. plural

German

Pronunciation

Adjective

negative

  1. inflection of negativ:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ne.ɡaˈti.ve/
  • Rhymes: -ive

Adjective

negative f pl

  1. feminine plural of negativo

Noun

negative f

  1. plural of negativa

Anagrams

  • agentive, negatevi, vengiate

Latin

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ne.ɡaːˈtiː.u̯e/, [nɛɡäːˈt̪iːu̯ɛ]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ne.ɡaˈti.ve/, [nɛɡɑˈt̪iːvɛ]

Adjective

negātīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of negātīvus

Norwegian Bokmål

Adjective

negative

  1. inflection of negativ:
    1. definite singular
    2. plural

Norwegian Nynorsk

Adjective

negative

  1. inflection of negativ:
    1. definite singular
    2. plural

Swedish

Adjective

negative

  1. absolute definite natural masculine singular of negativ.

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