a clause in a sales contract, as for a series of books or records, that provides that merchandise will be sent periodically to the subscriber unless he or she notifies the company in writing that it is not wanted.
- Negative polarity
noun 1. (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
- Negative pressure
negative pressure n. Pressure that is less than ambient temperature. negative pressure See under pressure.
- Negative profit
noun 1. a financial loss
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