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 for Minus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Minus \Mi"nus\ (m[imac]"n[u^]s), a. [L. See Minor, and cf.
     Mis- pref. from the French.] (Math.)
     Less; requiring to be subtracted; negative; as, a minus
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     Minus sign (Math.), the sign [-] denoting minus, or less,
        prefixed to negative quantities, or quantities to be
        subtracted. See Negative sign, under Negative.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  minus \mi"nus\ (m[imac]"n[u^]s), n.; pl. minuses
     A factor counted as a disadvantage; a loss or potential loss
     in a situation or plan; as, he added up all the pluses and
     minuses and decided not to do it; as, the lack of money is a
     big minus in an election campaign.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Negative \Neg"a*tive\ (n[e^]g"[.a]*t[i^]v), a. [F. n['e]gatif,
     L. negativus, fr. negare to deny. See Negation.]
     1. Denying; implying, containing, or asserting denial,
        negation or refusal; returning the answer no to an inquiry
        or request; refusing assent; as, a negative answer; a
        negative opinion; -- opposed to affirmative.
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              If thou wilt confess,
              Or else be impudently negative.       --Shak.
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              Denying me any power of a negative voice. --Eikon
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              Something between an affirmative bow and a negative
              shake.                                --Dickens.
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     2. Not positive; without affirmative statement or
        demonstration; indirect; consisting in the absence of
        something; privative; as, a negative argument; negative
        evidence; a negative morality; negative criticism.
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              There in another way of denying Christ, . . . which
              is negative, when we do not acknowledge and confess
              him.                                  --South.
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     3. (Logic) Asserting absence of connection between a subject
        and a predicate; as, a negative proposition.
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     4. (Photog.) Of or pertaining to a picture upon glass or
        other material, in which the lights and shades of the
        original, and the relations of right and left, are
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     5. (Chem.) Metalloidal; nonmetallic; -- contrasted with
        positive or basic; as, the nitro group is negative.
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     Note: This word, derived from electro-negative, is now
           commonly used in a more general sense, when acidiferous
           is the intended signification.
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     Negative crystal.
        (a) A cavity in a mineral mass, having the form of a
        (b) A crystal which has the power of negative double
            refraction. See refraction.
     negative electricity (Elec.), the kind of electricity which
        is developed upon resin or ebonite when rubbed, or which
        appears at that pole of a voltaic battery which is
        connected with the plate most attacked by the exciting
        liquid; -- formerly called resinous electricity. Opposed
        to positive electricity. Formerly, according to
        Franklin's theory of a single electric fluid, negative
        electricity was supposed to be electricity in a degree
        below saturation, or the natural amount for a given body.
        See Electricity.
     Negative eyepiece. (Opt.) see under Eyepiece.
     Negative quantity (Alg.), a quantity preceded by the
        negative sign, or which stands in the relation indicated
        by this sign to some other quantity. See Negative sign
     Negative rotation, right-handed rotation. See
        Right-handed, 3.
     Negative sign, the sign -, or minus (opposed in
        signification to +, or plus), indicating that the
        quantity to which it is prefixed is to be subtracted from
        the preceding quantity, or is to be reckoned from zero or
        cipher in the opposite direction to that of quanties
        having the sign plus either expressed or understood; thus,
        in a - b, b is to be substracted from a, or regarded as
        opposite to it in value; and -10[deg] on a thermometer
        means 10[deg] below the zero of the scale.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: on the negative side or lower end of a scale; "minus 5
             degrees"; "a grade of B minus" [ant: plus]
      2: involving disadvantage or harm; "minus (or negative) factors"
         [syn: minus, negative]
      n 1: an arithmetic operation in which the difference between two
           numbers is calculated; "the subtraction of three from four
           leaves one"; "four minus three equals one" [syn:
           subtraction, minus]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "minus":
     barring, bereaved, bereaved of, bereft, cut off, decrement,
     deduction, deficient, denuded, deprived of, devoid, discounting,
     divested, except, excepting, exception taken of, excluding,
     exclusive of, existless, from, inadequate, inferior, insufficient,
     lacking, leaving out, less, minuend, missing, negative,
     nonexistent, not counting, null, off, out of, parted from, plus,
     positive, robbed of, sans, save, shorn of, short, short of,
     stripped of, subtrahend, unexisting, unreached, vacuous, void,
     wanting, without, without being

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     Common: dash; ITU-T: hyphen; ITU-T: minus.  Rare:
     INTERCAL: worm; option; dak; bithorpe.

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