Meaning of electronegative

e•lec•tro•neg•a•tive

Pronunciation: (i-lek"trō-neg'u-tiv), [key]
— adj. Physical Chem.
  1. containing negative electricity; tending to migrate to the positive pole in electrolysis.
  2. assuming negative potential when in contact with a dissimilar substance.
  3. nonmetallic.
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