# Significance of negative eccentricity

For any conic section, the eccentricity is the ratio of the distance to the focus and directrix. If the eccentricity were defined to be negative, would this have any significant meaning/application, or potentially be linked to complex numbers?

If you make a plot of a conic section based on the eccentricity, it doesn't change at all. Plot it on desmos graphing calculator using the formula r=$\frac{d}{1-dcos(\theta)}$ where d is the eccentricity (polar coordinates). Nothing happens if you negate the eccentricity.