Negativism



[neg-uh-ti-viz-uh m] /ˈnɛg ə tɪˌvɪz əm/

noun
1.
a or pessimistic attitude.
2.
Psychology. a tendency to resist external commands, suggestions, or expectations, or internal stimuli, as hunger, by doing nothing or something contrary or unrelated to the stimulus.
3.
any system of philosophy, as agnosticism or skepticism.
/ˈnɛɡətɪvˌɪzəm/
noun
1.
a tendency to be or a state of being unconstructively critical
2.
any sceptical or derisive system of thought
3.
(psychiatry) refusal to do what is expected or suggested or the tendency to do the opposite
n.

1824, “the policy of opposition;” see negative + -ism. In a psychological sense, it is attested from 1892.

negativism neg·a·tiv·ism (něg’ə-tĭ-vĭz’əm)
n.
A tendency to do the opposite of what one is requested to do, or to resist stubbornly for no apparent reason.
neg’a·tiv·ist n.
neg’a·tiv·is’tic adj.

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