Pronunciation: /ˈnɛg.ə.tɪv/ Explain
The negative of a number is the
number with the sign changed. The negative of 5
is -5. The negative of
--3 = 3. The negative of
x is -x.
The negative of -x is
--x = x. A
double negative is the negative of a negative.
The double negative of x is
--x = x.
is a number whose value is less than zero. Two examples of negative
numbers are -1, -5.5.
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McAdams, David E. Negative. 4/26/2019. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/n/negative.html.
4/26/2019: Changed equations and expressions to new format. (McAdams, David E.)
12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (McAdams, David E.)
9/5/2018: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)