negativism negativism  /ˈnɛ ɡə tɪ ˌvɪ zəm/


  • (n) characterized by habitual skepticism and a disagreeable tendency to deny or oppose or resist suggestions or commands



  1. For many citizens weary of tumult, negativism may be enough.
  2. Some spectators object to the play's negativism and strong language.


  • Letter: Parish has no lack of Christian generosity

    How sad to cast negativism on St. Peter the Fisherman's bell tower. Yes, it is a costly venture, one embraced by people who fully understand the many needs in today's world.
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter


  1. The absence of clear front-runners, especially among Republicans, "is going to ultimately result in a great deal of negativism. People hate that," Choate said.
    on Jan 12, 2008 By: Pat Choate Source: Forbes

  2. His vice president, Spiro Agnew complained that, "In the United States today we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism."
    on Jul 16, 2007 By: Spiro Agnew Source: Hartford Courant

  3. The military issued a statement quoting Musharraf as saying that "spreading despondency and negativism" would hurt the country.
    on May 30, 2007 By: Pervez Musharraf Source: International Herald Tribune

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