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Positive meaning in English

Meaning of Positive in English

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see synonyms of positive


1. positive, positive degree

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

2. positive

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


3. positive

characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.

Example Sentences:
'a positive attitude'
'the reviews were all positive'
'a positive benefit'
'a positive demand'

4. confident, convinced, positive

persuaded of; very sure

Example Sentences:
'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

involving advantage or good

Example Sentences:
'a plus (or positive) factor'

6. confirming, positive

indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen

Example Sentences:
'a positive pregnancy test'

7. positive, prescribed

formally laid down or imposed

Example Sentences:
'positive laws'

8. incontrovertible, irrefutable, positive

impossible to deny or disprove

Example Sentences:
'incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence'
'proof positive'
'an irrefutable argument'

9. positive, positivist, positivistic

of or relating to positivism

Example Sentences:
'positivist thinkers'
'positivist doctrine'
'positive philosophy'

10. positive

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

Example Sentences:
'positive increase in graduating students'

11. positive

greater than zero

Example Sentences:
'positive numbers'

12. electropositive, positive, positively charged

having a positive charge

Example Sentences:
'protons are positive'

13. cocksure, overconfident, positive

marked by excessive confidence

Example Sentences:
'an arrogant and cocksure materialist'
'so overconfident and impudent as to speak to the queen'
'the less he knows the more positive he gets'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of positive
characterized by or expressing certainty or affirmation
a positive answer
composed of or possessing actual or specific qualities; real
a positive benefit
tending to emphasize what is good or laudable; constructive
he takes a very positive attitude when correcting pupils' mistakes
tending towards progress or improvement; moving in a beneficial direction
5. philosophy
constructive rather than sceptical
(of a concept) denoting the presence rather than the absence of some property
independent of circumstances; absolute or unqualified
7. (prenominal) informal
a positive delight
8. mathematics
having a value greater than zero
a positive number
designating, consisting of, or graduated in one or more quantities greater than zero
positive direction
9. mathematics
measured in a direction opposite to that regarded as negative
having the same magnitude as but opposite sense to an equivalent negative quantity
10. grammar
denoting the usual form of an adjective as opposed to its comparative or superlative form
11. biology
indicating movement or growth towards a particular stimulus
12. physics
(of an electric charge) having an opposite polarity to the charge of an electron and the same polarity as the charge of a proton
(of a body, system, ion, etc) having a positive electric charge; having a deficiency of electrons
a positive ion
(of a point in an electric circuit) having a higher electric potential than some other point with an assigned zero potential
13.  short for electropositive
(of a lens) capable of causing convergence of a parallel beam of light
15. medicine
(of the results of an examination or test) indicating the existence or presence of a suspected disorder or pathogenic organism
16. medicine
(of the effect of a drug or therapeutic regimen) beneficial or satisfactory
17.  short for Rh positive
(of a machine part) having precise motion with no hysteresis or backlash
19. mainly US
(of a government) directly involved in activities beyond the minimum maintenance of law and order, such as social welfare or the organization of scientific research
20. economics
of or denoting an analysis that is free of ethical, political, or value judgments
21. astrology
of, relating to, or governed by the group of signs of the zodiac that belong to the air and fire classifications, which are associated with a self-expressive spontaneous nature
something that is positive
23. mathematics
a quantity greater than zero
24. photography
a print or slide showing a photographic image whose colours or tones correspond to those of the original subject
25. grammar
the positive degree of an adjective or adverb
a positive object, such as a terminal or plate in a voltaic cell
27. music
a. Also called: positive organ
a medieval nonportable organ with one manual and no pedals
Compare portative organ
b.  a variant spelling of positif

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see synonyms of positive
formally or arbitrarily set; conventional; artificial
a positive law
definitely set; explicitly laid down; admitting of no question or modification; express; precise; specific
positive instructions
having the mind set or settled; confident; assured
a positive person
overconfident or dogmatic
showing resolution or agreement; affirmative; certain
a positive answer
tending in the direction regarded as that of increase, progress, etc.
clockwise motion is positive
making a definite contribution; constructive
positive criticism
unrelated to anything else; independent of circumstances; absolute; unqualified
that has, or is considered as having, real existence in itself, not just in the absence of other attributes
a positive good
based, or asserted as based, on reality or facts
positive proof
concerned only with real things and experience; empirical; practical
11.  Informal
complete; absolute; out-and-out
a positive fool
12.  Biology
directed toward the source of a stimulus
positive tropism
13.  US, Electricity
of, generating, or charged with positive electricity
having a deficiency of electrons
14.  Grammar
of an adjective or adverb in its simple, uninflected or unmodified form or degree; neither comparative nor superlative
of this degree
15.  Ancient Mathematics
designating a quantity greater than zero, or one to be added; plus
16.  Medicine
having or demonstrating, showing, or proving the presence or existence of a condition, an infection, symptoms, bacteria, etc.
a patient who is positive for TB, a positive TB test
17.  Photography
with the light and shade corresponding to those of the subject
something positive, as a degree, quality, condition, etc.
; specif.,
a.  Electricity
a terminal, electrode, or plate that attracts a flow of electrons from a negative terminal, electrode, or plate, as in a storage battery or dry cell
b.  Grammar
the positive degree; also, a word or form in this degree
c.  Ancient Mathematics
a quantity greater than zero, or one to be added; plus quantity
d.  Photography
a photographic print, or a film for use in a projector, on which light and shadow correspond to what they were in the subject

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see synonyms of positive
1. Characterized by or displaying certainty, acceptance, or affirmation: a positive answer; positive criticism.
2. Measured or moving forward or in a direction of increase or progress: positive steps.
a. Desirable, admirable, or beneficial: a woman with many positive qualities; the positive features of this new software.
b. Optimistic or constructive: a positive attitude.
c. Not disparaging or malicious: ran a positive political campaign.
4. Very confident; certain: I'm positive he's right. See Synonyms at sure.
5. Explicitly or openly expressed or laid down: a positive demand.
6. Admitting of no doubt; irrefutable: positive proof.
7. Concerned with practical rather than theoretical matters.
8. Philosophy
a. Of or relating to being or the possession of qualities rather than non-being or the absence of qualities: the question of the positive existence of evil.
b. Of or relating to positivism.
c. Of or relating to positive law.
9. Of or relating to religion based on revelation rather than on nature or reason alone.
10. Informal Utter; absolute: a positive darling.
11. Mathematics
a. Relating to or designating a quantity greater than zero.
b. Relating to or designating the sign (+).
c. Relating to or designating a quantity, number, angle, or direction opposite to another designated as negative.
12. Physics
a. Relating to or designating an electric charge of a sign opposite to that of an electron.
b. Of or relating to a body having fewer electrons than protons.
13. Chemistry Of or relating to an ion, the cation, that is attracted to a negative electrode.
14. Medicine Indicating the presence of a particular disease, condition, or organism: a positive test for pregnancy.
15. Biology Indicating or characterized by response or motion toward the source of a stimulus, such as light: positive tropism.
16. Having the areas of light and dark in their original and normal relationship, as in a photographic print made from a negative.
17. Grammar Of, relating to, or being the simple uncompared degree of an adjective or adverb, as opposed to either the comparative or superlative.
18. Driven by or generating power directly through intermediate machine parts having little or no play: positive drive.
1. An affirmative element or characteristic.
2. Mathematics A quantity greater than zero.
3. Physics A positive electric charge.
4. A photographic image in which the lights and darks appear as they do in nature.
5. Grammar
a. The uncompared degree of an adjective or adverb.
b. A word in this degree.
6. Music A division of some pipe organs, similar in sound to the great but smaller and less powerful.

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