A negative may refer to any of the following:
1. Alternatively referred to as inverted image or inverted color, a negative is any image that has reversed colors. For example, with an image that contains white and black colors, white becomes black and black becomes white. In the picture below, is an example of an original picture in MSPaint and then the same image inverted to a negative image.
2. A negative or negative sign may also be used to describe a minus or hyphen.