What is the opposite of positive?

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Adjective
Opposite of a stated certainty
“Kris wanted so desperately to trust Jim, but was uncertain of his motives.”
Adjective
Opposite of denotes a constructive or productive feeling
“As a result of their unproductive response, we were unable to attain the information required to proceed.”
Adjective
Opposite of characterized by a good or happy sentiment
“The spiritual journey is fraught with danger, full of unexpected twists, at times deeply discouraging, at times exhilarating.”
Adjective
Opposite of characterized by approval
“His unfavorable policies on abortion drew the ire of families around the country.”
Adjective
Opposite of conclusive or definitive
“She has given us an extremely vague description of the perpetrator, therefore, we cannot press charges.”
Adjective
Opposite of absolute or unmitigated
“He has a mitigated sense of self-righteousness.”
Adjective
Opposite of assertive and self-assured
“Mary was rather tentative at committing to her weekly rehabilitation.”
Adjective
(attributive) Opposite of feeling or exuding self-assurance
“They were insecure young men, who were led astray by a charismatic self-proclaimed prophet.”
Adjective
Opposite of relating to things that can be perceived by the senses, as opposed to abstractions
“Their biological warfare capability is probably more of a theoretical idea than anything else.”
Adjective
Opposite of to an absolute degree
“When he met the novelist at a dinner late in 1878, James was in partial agreement with his definition of what it meant to be English.”
Adjective
Opposite of confident or self-assured
Adjective
Opposite of boldly self-assured
“The barbarians were subdued and became submissive to the enchantress' whims.”
Adjective
Opposite of to an absolute degree
Adjective
Opposite of clearly apparent or capable of being logically proved
Adjective
Opposite of clear and obvious in meaning or nature
Adjective
Opposite of possible to be treated as fact
“During our second drink, I sketch imaginary facts about an imaginary life.”
Adjective
Opposite of hopeful and confident about the future
“She remained pessimistic about ever finding true love after a string of failed relationships.”
Adjective
Opposite of being agreeable or assenting
Adjective
Opposite of pleasant and satisfactory
“The layout of the apartment was bad, and the kitchen was too small.”
Adjective
Opposite of happy and cheerful
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Adjective
Opposite of having unconditional and enthusiastic support
“There was some grudging applause at the final curtain, but I got the feeling it was more for the sake of form, rather than actual enjoyment.”
Adjective
(of a person or performance) Opposite of energetic in nature
“According to the doctor, I was feeling lethargic due to some mineral deficiencies.”
Adjective
(general) Opposite of having favorable consequences
“Not properly disposing of plastics can be detrimental to the environment.”
Adjective
Opposite of of or relating to an advertising promotion
Adjective
Opposite of conceited or confident in a bold or cheeky way
“She was modest and unassuming and an eloquent speaker on social and literary matters.”
Adjective
Opposite of willing, or inclined, to take chances or risks
“After looking down, he became too timid to carry on with the climb.”
Adjective
Opposite of marked by accolades, or having favorable opportunities
“He remained a largely anonymous actor, having failed to score any roles of note in Hollywood.”
Adjective
Opposite of having an interest in the future, and planning for it
Noun
Opposite of an advantage or a characteristically favorable point
“Invasion of space and privacy is an ugly downside to fame.”
Adverb
Opposite of to a very large or great degree
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