Electro-negative
Electro-negative E*lec`tro-neg"a*tive, Electronegative E*lec`tro*neg"a*tive, a. (Chem. & Physics) 1. Having the property of being attracted by an electro-positive body, or a tendency to pass to the positive pole in electrolysis, by the law that opposite electricities attract each other. Contrasted with {neutral} and {electropositive} [1913 Webster]

2. Negative; nonmetallic; acidic; -- opposed to {positive}, {metallic}, or {basic}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Physics) carrying a negative electrical charge. [PJC]

4. (Chem. and Physics) having a tendency to take up electrons and form negative ions; having a relatively positive electrode potential. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]


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