Pronunciation: (neg'u-ti-viz"um), [key]
1. a negative or pessimistic attitude.
2. Psychol.a tendency to resist external commands, suggestions, or expectations, or internal stimuli, as hunger, by doing nothing or something contrary or unrelated to the stimulus.
3. any system of negative philosophy, as agnosticism or skepticism.
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