negativist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n negativist someone who is resigned to defeat without offering positive suggestions
    • n negativist someone who refuses to do what is asked or does the opposite of what is asked
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Usage

In literature:

Absolute faith he had none; he was essentially a negativist, guided by the mere relations of phenomena.
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
Continues negativistic, stuporous and attitudinizing.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
A final stage of resistance is reached when propaganda develops a negativistic defensive reaction.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Very often the failure to swallow and anomalous habits of excretion seem to be negativistic in their nature.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
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