What does positive mean?

Definitions for positive
ˈpɒz ɪ tɪvpos·i·tive

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word positive.

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"


  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

  16. Origin: [OE. positif, F. positif, L. positivus. See Position.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Positive

    poz′i-tiv, adj. definitely placed or laid down: clearly expressed: really existing: actual: not admitting of any doubt or qualification: decisive: settled by distinct appointment: arbitrarily prescribed, laid down—opp. to Natural: too confident in opinion: fully assured: certain: (gram.) noting the simple form of an adjective—as Positive degree of comparison: (math.) greater than zero, to be added, as Positive quantity: (phot.) having the lights and shades in the picture the same as in the original, instead of being reversed: (electr.) having a relatively high potential—opp. to Negative (q.v.).—n. that which is placed or laid down: that which may be affirmed: reality: a positive picture—opp. to Negative.—adv. Pos′itively.—ns. Pos′itiveness, state or quality of being positive: certainty: confidence; Pos′itivism, actual or absolute knowledge; Pos′itivist, a believer in positivism.—Pos′itivism, Positive philosophy, the philosophical system originated by Comte (1798-1857)—its foundation the doctrine that man can have no knowledge of anything but phenomena, and that the knowledge of phenomena is relative, not absolute. [Fr.,—L. positivus, fixed by agreement—ponĕre, to place.]

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of positive in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of positive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of positive in a Sentence

  1. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius:

    It is very positive.

  2. Moe Howard:

    Only fools are positive.

  3. Drake Kramer:

    We are trying to be positive.

  4. Duncan Eley:

    That's positive in isolation.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    HOPE is House Of Positive Energy

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