Negative polarity

(grammar) the grammatical character of a word or phrase, such as ever or any, that may normally be used only in a semantically or syntactically negative or interrogative context


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    negative pressure n. Pressure that is less than ambient temperature. negative pressure See under pressure.

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    noun 1. a financial loss

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    noun 1. (transformational grammar) a rule that moves a negative element out of the complement clause of certain verbs, such as think, into the main clause, as in the derivation of He doesn’t think that he’ll finish

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    noun 1. (psychol) the reinforcing of a response by giving an aversive stimulus when the response is not made and omitting the aversive stimulus when the response is made

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