Definitions for positiveˈpɒz ɪ tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pos•i•tiveˈpɒz ɪ tɪv(adj.)

  1. confident in opinion or assertion; sure:

    He is positive that he'll win.

  2. showing or expressing approval or agreement; favorable:

    a positive reaction to the speech.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. expressing or containing an assertion or affirmation; affirmative:

    a positive answer.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Grammar

  4. emphasizing what is laudable, hopeful, or to the good; constructive:

    a positive attitude.

  5. explicitly or emphatically stated, stipulated, or expressed; definite:

    a positive denial.

  6. admitting of no question; incontrovertible:

    positive proof.

  7. overconfident or dogmatic.

  8. without relation to or comparison with other things; not relative or comparative; absolute.

  9. downright; out-and-out:

    a positive genius.

    Category: Informal

  10. not speculative or theoretical; practical:

    a positive approach to the problem.

  11. possessing an actual force, being, existence, etc.

  12. Philos. constructive and sure, rather than skeptical. concerned with or based on matters of experience:

    positive philosophy.

    Category: Philosphy

  13. consisting in or characterized by the presence or possession of distinguishing or marked qualities or features (opposed to negative).

  14. noting the presence of such qualities, as a term.

  15. measured or proceeding in a direction assumed as beneficial, progressive, or auspicious:

    a positive trend.

  16. determined by enactment or convention; arbitrarily laid down:

    positive laws.

  17. noting or pertaining to the electricity in a body or substance that is deficient in electrons. indicating a point in a circuit that has a higher potential than that of another point, the current flowing from the point of higher potential to the point of lower potential.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  18. of, pertaining to, or noting the north pole of a magnet.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  19. (of a chemical element or group) tending to lose electrons and become positively charged; basic.

    Category: Chemistry

  20. (of blood, affected tissue, etc.) showing the presence of disease. (of a diagnostic test) indicating the presence of the disease, condition, etc., tested for. (of a person) diagnosed as having a specified disease or medical condition.

    Category: Medicine

  21. noting a numerical quantity greater than zero.

    Category: Math

  22. of or designating the initial degree of grammatical comparison, used with reference to the simple, base form of an adjective or adverb, as good or smoothly.

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: Compare comparative (def. 4), 4 superlative (def. 2). 2

  23. (of government) assuming control or regulation of activities beyond those involved merely with the maintenance of law and order.

  24. Biol. oriented or moving toward the focus of excitation:

    a positive tropism.

    Category: Biology

  25. of or designating a photographic print or transparency showing the brightness values as they are in the subject.

    Category: Photography

  26. (n.)something positive.

  27. a positive quality or characteristic.

  28. a positive quantity or symbol.

  29. the positive degree in grammatical comparison. the positive form of an adjective or adverb.

    Category: Grammar

  30. a positive photographic image, as on a print or transparency.

    Category: Photography

Origin of positive:

1250–1300; ME positif (< MF) < L positīvus.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. positive, positive degree(noun)

    the primary form of an adjective or adverb; denotes a quality without qualification, comparison, or relation to increase or diminution

  2. positive(adj)

    a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject

  3. positive(adj)

    characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.

    "a positive attitude"; "the reviews were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive demand"

  4. convinced(p), positive(p), confident(p)(adj)

    persuaded of; very sure

    "were convinced that it would be to their advantage to join"; "I am positive he is lying"; "was confident he would win"

  5. plus, positive(adj)

    involving advantage or good

    "a plus (or positive) factor"

  6. positive, confirming(adj)

    indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen

    "a positive pregnancy test"

  7. positive, prescribed(adj)

    formally laid down or imposed

    "positive laws"

  8. incontrovertible, irrefutable, positive(adj)

    impossible to deny or disprove

    "incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence"; "proof positive"; "an irrefutable argument"

  9. positivist, positivistic, positive(adj)

    of or relating to positivism

    "positivist thinkers"; "positivist doctrine"; "positive philosophy"

  10. positive(adj)

    reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion

    "positive increase in graduating students"

  11. positive(adj)

    greater than zero

    "positive numbers"

  12. positive, electropositive, positively charged(adj)

    having a positive charge

    "protons are positive"

  13. cocksure, overconfident, positive(adj)

    marked by excessive confidence

    "an arrogant and cocksure materialist"; "so overconfident and impudent as to speak to the queen"; "the less he knows the more positive he gets"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. positive(adjective)ˈpɒz ɪ tɪv

    ≠ uncertain

    Are you positive (that) she lives on this street?; You need to be absolutely positive about your decision.

  2. positiveˈpɒz ɪ tɪv

    ≠ negative

    a positive attitude toward her studies; positive thinking

  3. positiveˈpɒz ɪ tɪv

    ≠ negative

    a positive experience; The event was described in a positive way.

  4. positiveˈpɒz ɪ tɪv

    ≠ negative

    a positive test result; to test positive for drugs

  5. positiveˈpɒz ɪ tɪv

    ≠ negative

    positive numbers


  1. positive(Noun)

    A thing capable of being affirmed; something real or actual.

  2. positive(Noun)

    A favourable point or characteristic.

  3. positive(Noun)

    Something having a positive value in physics, such as an electric charge.

  4. positive(Noun)

    An adjective or adverb in the positive degree.

  5. positive(Noun)

    A positive image; one that displays true colors and shades, as opposed to a negative.

  6. positive(Adjective)

    Formally laid down.

  7. positive(Adjective)

    Stated definitively and without qualification.

  8. positive(Adjective)

    Fully assured in opinion.

  9. positive(Adjective)

    Of number, greater than zero.

  10. positive(Adjective)

    Characterized by constructiveness or influence for the better.

  11. positive(Adjective)

    Overconfident, dogmatic.

  12. positive(Adjective)

    Actual, real, concrete, not theoretical or speculative.

  13. positive(Adjective)

    Having more protons than electrons.

  14. positive(Adjective)

    Describing the primary sense of an adjective or adverb; not comparative or superlative.

  15. positive(Adjective)

    Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute.

  16. positive(Adjective)

    Characterized by the existence or presence of distinguishing qualities or features, rather than by their absence.

  17. positive(Adjective)

    Characterized by the presence of features which support a hypothesis.

  18. positive(Adjective)

    Of a visual image, true to the original in light, shade and colour values.

  19. positive(Adjective)

    Favorable, desirable by those interested or invested in that which is being judged.

  20. positive(Adjective)

    Wholly what is expressed; colloquially downright, entire, outright.

  21. positive(Adjective)


  22. positive(Adjective)

    HIV positive.

  23. positive(Adjective)

    Good, desirable, healthful; (often precedes 'energy', 'thought', 'feeling' or 'emotion').

  24. Origin: From Old (and modern) positif, or positivus, from the past participle stem of ponere. Compare posit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Positive(adj)

    having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in fact; real; actual; -- opposed to negative

  2. Positive(adj)

    derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute; -- opposed to relative; as, the idea of beauty is not positive, but depends on the different tastes individuals

  3. Positive(adj)

    definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed; -- opposed to implied; as, a positive declaration or promise

  4. Positive(adj)

    hence: Not admitting of any doubt, condition, qualification, or discretion; not dependent on circumstances or probabilities; not speculative; compelling assent or obedience; peremptory; indisputable; decisive; as, positive instructions; positive truth; positive proof

  5. Positive(adj)

    prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by arbitrary appointment; said of laws

  6. Positive(adj)

    fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes, overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; -- said of persons

  7. Positive(adj)

    having the power of direct action or influence; as, a positive voice in legislation

  8. Positive(adj)

    corresponding with the original in respect to the position of lights and shades, instead of having the lights and shades reversed; as, a positive picture

  9. Positive(adj)


  10. Positive(adj)

    hence, basic; metallic; not acid; -- opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals

  11. Positive(noun)

    that which is capable of being affirmed; reality

  12. Positive(noun)

    that which settles by absolute appointment

  13. Positive(noun)

    the positive degree or form

  14. Positive(noun)

    a picture in which the lights and shades correspond in position with those of the original, instead of being reversed, as in a negative

  15. Positive(noun)

    the positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell


  1. Positive

    Positive is a 2007 Hindi short film directed by Farhan Akhtar and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under their Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. banner. The film starred Shabana Azmi and Boman Irani in leads roles.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'positive' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1265

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'positive' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1175

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'positive' in Adjectives Frequency: #149

Translations for positive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


meaning or saying `yes'

a positive answer; They tested the water for the bacteria and the result was positive (= the bacteria were present).

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