Definitions for positiveˈpɒz ɪ tɪv
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pos•i•tiveˈpɒz ɪ tɪv(adj.)
confident in opinion or assertion; sure:
He is positive that he'll win.
showing or expressing approval or agreement; favorable:
a positive reaction to the speech.
Category: Common Vocabulary
expressing or containing an assertion or affirmation; affirmative:
a positive answer.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Grammar
emphasizing what is laudable, hopeful, or to the good; constructive:
a positive attitude.
explicitly or emphatically stated, stipulated, or expressed; definite:
a positive denial.
admitting of no question; incontrovertible:
overconfident or dogmatic.
without relation to or comparison with other things; not relative or comparative; absolute.
a positive genius.
not speculative or theoretical; practical:
a positive approach to the problem.
possessing an actual force, being, existence, etc.
Philos. constructive and sure, rather than skeptical. concerned with or based on matters of experience:
consisting in or characterized by the presence or possession of distinguishing or marked qualities or features (opposed to negative).
noting the presence of such qualities, as a term.
measured or proceeding in a direction assumed as beneficial, progressive, or auspicious:
a positive trend.
determined by enactment or convention; arbitrarily laid down:
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
of, pertaining to, or noting the north pole of a magnet.
Category: Electricity and Magnetism
(of a chemical element or group) tending to lose electrons and become positively charged; basic.
(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.
noting a numerical quantity greater than zero.
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.
Ref: Compare comparative (def. 4), 4 superlative (def. 2). 2
(of government) assuming control or regulation of activities beyond those involved merely with the maintenance of law and order.
Biol. oriented or moving toward the focus of excitation:
a positive tropism.
of or designating a photographic print or transparency showing the brightness values as they are in the subject.
a positive quality or characteristic.
a positive quantity or symbol.
the positive degree in grammatical comparison. the positive form of an adjective or adverb.
a positive photographic image, as on a print or transparency.
Origin of positive:
1250–1300; ME positif (< MF) < L positīvus.
positive, positive degree(noun)
the primary form of an adjective or adverb; denotes a quality without qualification, comparison, or relation to increase or diminution
a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject
characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
"a positive attitude"; "the reviews were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive demand"
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"
involving advantage or good
"a plus (or positive) factor"
indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen
"a positive pregnancy test"
formally laid down or imposed
incontrovertible, irrefutable, positive(adj)
impossible to deny or disprove
"incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence"; "proof positive"; "an irrefutable argument"
positivist, positivistic, positive(adj)
of or relating to positivism
"positivist thinkers"; "positivist doctrine"; "positive philosophy"
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"
greater than zero
positive, electropositive, positively charged(adj)
having a positive charge
"protons are positive"
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
positive(adjective)ˈpɒz ɪ tɪv
Are you positive (that) she lives on this street?; You need to be absolutely positive about your decision.
positiveˈpɒz ɪ tɪv
a positive attitude toward her studies; positive thinking
positiveˈpɒz ɪ tɪv
a positive experience; The event was described in a positive way.
positiveˈpɒz ɪ tɪv
a positive test result; to test positive for drugs
positiveˈpɒz ɪ tɪv
A thing capable of being affirmed; something real or actual.
A favourable point or characteristic.
Something having a positive value in physics, such as an electric charge.
An adjective or adverb in the positive degree.
A positive image; one that displays true colors and shades, as opposed to a negative.
Formally laid down.
Stated definitively and without qualification.
Fully assured in opinion.
Of number, greater than zero.
Characterized by constructiveness or influence for the better.
Actual, real, concrete, not theoretical or speculative.
Having more protons than electrons.
Describing the primary sense of an adjective or adverb; not comparative or superlative.
Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute.
Characterized by the existence or presence of distinguishing qualities or features, rather than by their absence.
Characterized by the presence of features which support a hypothesis.
Of a visual image, true to the original in light, shade and colour values.
Favorable, desirable by those interested or invested in that which is being judged.
Wholly what is expressed; colloquially downright, entire, outright.
Good, desirable, healthful; (often precedes 'energy', 'thought', 'feeling' or 'emotion').
Origin: From Old (and modern) positif, or positivus, from the past participle stem of ponere. Compare posit.
having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in fact; real; actual; -- opposed to negative
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
definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed; -- opposed to implied; as, a positive declaration or promise
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
prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by arbitrary appointment; said of laws
fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes, overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; -- said of persons
having the power of direct action or influence; as, a positive voice in legislation
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
hence, basic; metallic; not acid; -- opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals
that which is capable of being affirmed; reality
that which settles by absolute appointment
the positive degree or form
a picture in which the lights and shades correspond in position with those of the original, instead of being reversed, as in a negative
the positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell
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.
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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).
- positivoPortuguese (BR)
- souhlasný, kladnýCzech
- positivo, afirmativoSpanish
- állító, pozitívHungarian
- pozitīvs; apstiprinošsLatvian
- bekreftende, positivNorwegian
- pozitívny, kladnýSlovak
- 肯定的(答覆)Chinese (Trad.)
- ہاں، مثبت جوابUrdu
- khẳng định; dương tínhVietnamese
- 肯定的（答复）Chinese (Simp.)
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