AskDefine | Define negativism

Dictionary Definition

negativism n : characterized by habitual skepticism and a tendency to deny or oppose or resist suggestions or commands [syn: negativity] [ant: positivism]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A persistent pessimistic or skeptical attitude.
  2. A stubborn tendency to do the opposite of what one is asked.

Extensive Definition

Negativism may refer to:
  • Pessimism, but rather specifically the philosophy that no knowledge is secure, and that we therefore know nothing.
  • a behavior of a patient not wanted to be moved, nor to move on command. It is a trait of catatonic stupor.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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