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pos·i·tive

 (pŏz′ĭ-tĭv)
adj.
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.
3.
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.
n.
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.

[Middle English, having a specified quality, from Old French positif, from Latin positīvus, formally laid down, from positus, past participle of pōnere, to place; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]

pos′i·tive·ly adv.
pos′i·tive·ness, pos′i·tiv′i·ty n.

positive

(ˈpɒzɪtɪv)
adj
1. characterized by or expressing certainty or affirmation: a positive answer.
2. composed of or possessing actual or specific qualities; real: a positive benefit.
3. tending to emphasize what is good or laudable; constructive: he takes a very positive attitude when correcting pupils' mistakes.
4. tending towards progress or improvement; moving in a beneficial direction
5. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. constructive rather than sceptical
b. (of a concept) denoting the presence rather than the absence of some property
6. independent of circumstances; absolute or unqualified
7. (prenominal) informal (intensifier): a positive delight.
8. (Mathematics) maths
a. having a value greater than zero: a positive number.
b. designating, consisting of, or graduated in one or more quantities greater than zero: positive direction.
9. (Mathematics) maths
a. measured in a direction opposite to that regarded as negative
b. having the same magnitude as but opposite sense to an equivalent negative quantity
10. (Grammar) grammar denoting the usual form of an adjective as opposed to its comparative or superlative form
11. (Biology) biology indicating movement or growth towards a particular stimulus
12. (General Physics) physics
a. (of an electric charge) having an opposite polarity to the charge of an electron and the same polarity as the charge of a proton
b. (of a body, system, ion, etc) having a positive electric charge; having a deficiency of electrons: a positive ion.
c. (of a point in an electric circuit) having a higher electric potential than some other point with an assigned zero potential
13. (Chemistry) short for electropositive
14. (General Physics) (of a lens) capable of causing convergence of a parallel beam of light
15. (Medicine) med (of the results of an examination or test) indicating the existence or presence of a suspected disorder or pathogenic organism
16. (Medicine) med (of the effect of a drug or therapeutic regimen) beneficial or satisfactory
17. (Biochemistry) short for Rh positive
18. (Mechanical Engineering) (of a machine part) having precise motion with no hysteresis or backlash
19. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) chiefly 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) economics of or denoting an analysis that is free of ethical, political, or value judgments
21. (Astrology) 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
n
22. something that is positive
23. (Mathematics) maths a quantity greater than zero
24. (Photography) photog a print or slide showing a photographic image whose colours or tones correspond to those of the original subject
25. (Grammar) grammar the positive degree of an adjective or adverb
26. (Chemistry) a positive object, such as a terminal or plate in a voltaic cell
27. (Instruments) 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
[C13: from Late Latin positīvus positive, agreed on an arbitrary basis, from pōnere to place]
ˈpositiveness, ˌposiˈtivity n

pos•i•tive

(ˈpɒz 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.
3. expressing or containing an assertion or affirmation; affirmative: a positive answer.
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.
10. not speculative or theoretical; practical: a positive approach to the problem.
11. possessing an actual force, being, existence, etc.
12. Philos.
a. constructive and sure, rather than skeptical.
b. concerned with or based on matters of experience: positive philosophy.
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.
a. noting or pertaining to the electricity in a body or substance that is deficient in electrons.
b. 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.
18. of, pertaining to, or noting the north pole of a magnet.
19. (of a chemical element or group) tending to lose electrons and become positively charged; basic.
20.
a. (of blood, affected tissue, etc.) showing the presence of disease.
b. (of a diagnostic test) indicating the presence of the disease, condition, etc., tested for.
c. (of a person) diagnosed as having a specified disease or medical condition.
21. noting a numerical quantity greater than zero.
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. Compare comparative (def. 4), superlative (def. 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.
25. of or designating a photographic print or transparency showing the brightness values as they are in the subject.
n.
26. something positive.
27. a positive quality or characteristic.
28. a positive quantity or symbol.
29.
a. the positive degree in grammatical comparison.
b. the positive form of an adjective or adverb.
30. a positive photographic image, as on a print or transparency.
[1250–1300; Middle English positif (< Middle French) < Latin positīvus.]
pos′i•tive•ness, n.

pos·i·tive

(pŏz′ĭ-tĭv)
1. Greater than zero, as 12.
2. Having the electric charge of a proton. The symbol for a positive charge is a plus sign.
3. Showing the presence, as in a blood test, of a suspected disease or microorganism.

positive

  • litotes - From Greek litos, "simple, single," it refers to an ironical understatement (e.g. no small amount) or two negatives used to make a positive (e.g. it was not unsuccessful); it is pronounced lie-TOH-teez, LEYED-uh-teez, LID-uh-teez, or leye-TOHD-eez.
  • set point - One's set point (for happiness) is a genetically determined level of happiness, to which one returns after positive or negative emotional experiences.
  • Positive, comparative, superlative, - Positive is the ordinary form of a word, with comparative conveying a sense of greater intensity of the adjective and superlative reflecting the greatest intensity of the adjective.
  • acceptable face - The positive or reasonable side of something.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.positive - the primary form of an adjective or adverb; denotes a quality without qualification, comparison, or relation to increase or diminution
adjective - a word that expresses an attribute of something
adverb - a word that modifies something other than a noun
2.positive - a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subjectpositive - a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject
photographic film, film - photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies
lantern slide, slide - a transparency mounted in a frame; viewed with a slide projector
Adj.1.positive - characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.; "a positive attitude"; "the reviews were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive demand"
affirmative, affirmatory - affirming or giving assent; "an affirmative decision"; "affirmative votes"
constructive - constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development; "constructive criticism"; "a constructive attitude"; "a constructive philosophy"; "constructive permission"
optimistic - expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds; "in an optimistic mood"; "optimistic plans"; "took an optimistic view"
supportive - furnishing support or assistance; "a supportive family network"; "his family was supportive of his attempts to be a writer"
negative - characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features; "a negative outlook on life"; "a colorless negative personality"; "a negative evaluation"; "a negative reaction to an advertising campaign"
neutral - possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics
2.positive - 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"
sure, certain - having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured; "felt certain of success"; "was sure (or certain) she had seen it"; "was very sure in his beliefs"; "sure of her friends"
3.positive - involving advantage or good; "a plus (or positive) factor"
advantageous - giving an advantage; "a contract advantageous to our country"; "socially advantageous to entertain often"
4.positive - indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen; "a positive pregnancy test"
medical specialty, medicine - the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
disconfirming, negative - not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition; "the HIV test was negative"
5.positive - formally laid down or imposed; "positive laws"
formal - being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress); "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education"
6.positive - impossible to deny or disprove; "incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence"; "proof positive"; "an irrefutable argument"
undeniable - not possible to deny
7.positive - of or relating to positivism; "positivist thinkers"; "positivist doctrine"; "positive philosophy"
8.positive - 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"
negative - reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive; "negative interest rates"
9.positive - greater than zero; "positive numbers"
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
plus - on the positive side or higher end of a scale; "a plus value"; "temperature of plus 5 degrees"; "a grade of C plus"
10.positive - having a positive charge; "protons are positive"
charged - of a particle or body or system; having a net amount of positive or negative electric charge; "charged particles"; "a charged battery"
11.positive - 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"
confident - having or marked by confidence or assurance; "a confident speaker"; "a confident reply"; "his manner is more confident these days"; "confident of fulfillment"

positive

adjective
1. optimistic, confident, hopeful, upbeat (informal), buoyant, sanguine, forward-looking a positive frame of mind
optimistic negative
3. favourable, encouraging, enthusiastic, good, approving, reassuring, supportive, constructive, affirmative, corroborative There has been a positive response to the peace efforts.
favourable unfavourable
4. certain, sure, convinced, confident, satisfied, assured, free from doubt I'm positive she said she'd be here.
certain uncertain, unsure, unconvinced, not confident, unassured
7. good, promising, pleasing, encouraging, welcome, favourable, heartening, auspicious, propitious He said that the agreement could be a positive sign
Quotations
"positive: mistaken at the top of one's voice" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]
"You've got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive"
"Elim-my-nate the negative"
"Latch on to the affirmative"
"Don't mess with Mister In-Between" [Johnny Mercer Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive]

positive

adjective
1. Of a constructive nature:
Informal: upbeat.
2. Giving assent:
3. Clearly, fully, and sometimes emphatically expressed:
5. Known positively:
Idiom: for certain.
6. Having no doubt:
Translations
إثْباتي، لا يَدُل على مُقارَنَهأكْثَر من صِفْرإيجابيإيجابي، متفائِلإِيجَابِيّ
pozitivpozitivníkladnýnaprostýprvní stupeň
positivfuldkommengrundformgrundforms-
positiivinentodellinentosiasiavarmavarsinainen
pozitivpozitivan
biztospozitívpozitív kép
algjörjákvæî mynd, ljósmynd/skyggnajákvæîurjákvæîur, jákvætt hlaîinnjákvæîur, stærri en núll
確信している
적극적인
nelyginamasisnelyginamasis laipsnispozityvaspozityvumaspozityvus
apstiprinošsdrošsgalīgskonstruktīvsneapšaubāms
jednoznačnýpozitívpozitívnyprvý stupeň
gotovnedvoumenpozitivenpritrdilen
positiv
ซึ่งมองในแง่ดี
olumlupozitifsıfırdan büyüktamyalın
chắc chắn

positive

[ˈpɒzɪtɪv]
A. ADJ
1. (= sure, certain) → seguro
you don't sound very positiveno pareces estar muy seguro
"are you sure?" - "yes, positive"-¿estás seguro? -segurísimo or -no me cabe la menor duda
he's positive about itestá seguro de ello
we have positive proof thattenemos pruebas concluyentes de que ...
see proof A1
2. (= affirmative, constructive) [attitude, view, influence] → positivo; [criticism] → constructivo; [person] → que tiene una actitud positiva
she's a positive sort of persones una persona que tiene una actitud positiva
I think this news is a positive signcreo que esta noticia es prometedora
she made a very positive impression with usnos causó muy buena impresión
to take positive actiontomar medidas firmes
positive discriminationdiscriminación f positiva
on the positive sideen el lado positivo
positive vettinginvestigación f de antecedentes
3. (= real) [disgrace, disadvantage] → verdadero, auténtico
he's a positive nuisancees un verdadero or auténtico pelmazo
4. (Elec, Phot, Ling) → positivo (Med) [result] → positivo (Math) [number] → positivo
positive cash flowflujo m positivo de caja
B. N (= plus point) → aspecto m positivo (Phot) → positivo m (Math) → número m positivo, valor m positivo
the positives outweigh the negativeslos aspectos positivos tienen más peso que or superan a los negativos
to give a false positive (Med) → dar un resultado positivo falso
C. ADV
to test positivedar positivo
you have to think positivehay que ser positivo

positive

[ˈpɒzɪtɪv]
adj
(= hopeful) [person, attitude] → positif/ive
a positive attitude → une attitude positive
to take a positive attitude → adopter une attitude positive
to be positive about sth → avoir une attitude positive quant à qch
to become more positive → devenir plus positif/ive
(= good) [experience, effect, fact, situation, contribution] → positif/ive
(= certain) → sûr(e), certain(e)
I'm positive → J'en suis certain.
to be positive about sth → être certain(e) de qch
to be positive (that)
I'm positive (that) I'm → Je suis certain(e) d'être ...
I was positive I'd locked the door → J'étais certaine d'avoir fermé la porte à clé.
He's positive that he had → Il est certain d'avoir ...
He was positive that he had seen it in the newspaper → Il était certain de l'avoir vu dans le journal.
I'm positive she
BUT Je suis certain qu'elle.(e)
She's positive you
BUT Elle est certaine que vous.
[response] → positif/ive
[test] → positif/ive
(= definite) [change] → effectif/ive; [decision] → ferme; [action, step] → concret/ète
to do sth positive → faire qch de concret positive thinking
(= clear) [proof, evidence] → indéniable, réel(le)
[figure, number] → positif/ive
[electrical charge] → positif/ive
n
the positive → les aspects mpl positifspositive discrimination n (British)discrimination f positive

positive

adj
(Math, Phot, Elec, Gram) → positiv; positive polePluspol m; the positive degree (Gram) → der Positiv
(= affirmative, constructive) result, answer, attitudepositiv; criticism, suggestionkonstruktiv; he is a very positive personer hat eine sehr positive Einstellung zum Leben; on the positive sideauf der positiven Seite; to take positive actionpositive Schritte unternehmen; positive thinkingpositive Haltung, positives Denken
(= definite) person, tone of voicebestimmt; instructionsstreng; evidence, answerdefinitiv, eindeutig; rulefest; that is positive proof or proof positivedas ist der sichere or eindeutige Beweis; to be positive that …sicher sein, dass …, definitiv wissen, dass …; to be positive about or of somethingsich (dat)einer Sache (gen)absolut sicher sein; to make a positive identification or ID (Police) → eindeutig identifizieren, die Identität eindeutig feststellen; this may even do some positive gooddamit tut man vielleicht sogar etwas wirklich or richtig Gutes; are you sure you don’t want her address? — positivebist du sicher, dass du nicht ihre Adresse willst? — absolut or ganz bestimmt
(= real, downright) this is a positive miracle/crime/disgracedas ist wirklich ein Wunder/Verbrechen/eine Schande; he’s a positive genius/menaceer ist wirklich ein Genie/Ärgernis, er ist ein wahres Genie/wirkliches Ärgernis
n
(Phot) → Positiv nt; (Gram) → Positiv m; (Elec) → Pluspol m; (Math) → positive Zahl
(= advantage)Positive(s) nt; the positives far outweigh the negativesdas Positive wiegt viel schwerer als das Negative, das Positive gleicht das Negative mehr als aus
adv
(Med) to test positiveeinen positiven Befund haben; to show positive (for something)einen positiven Befund (auf etw) zeigen
to think positivepositiv denken

positive

:
positive sign
n (Math) → Pluszeichen nt, → positives Vorzeichen
positive stress
npositiver Stress, Eustress m
positive vetting
nSicherheitsüberprüfung f

positive

[ˈpɒzɪtɪv] adj
a. (gen, also) (Elec, Math, Phot) → positivo/a; (constructive, advice, help, criticism) → costruttivo/a
we look forward to a positive reply (Comm) → in attesa di una risposta favorevole
b. (definite, gen) → positivo/a, preciso/a; (improvement, increase) → deciso/a; (proof) → inconfutabile
are you sure? - yes, positive → sei sicuro? - sicurissimo
to make a positive contribution to sth → dare un contributo effettivo a qc
he's a positive nuisance → è un vero rompiscatole

positive

(ˈpozətiv) adjective
1. meaning or saying `yes'. a positive answer; They tested the water for the bacteria and the result was positive (= the bacteria were present).
2. definite; leaving no doubt. positive proof.
3. certain or sure. I'm positive he's right.
4. complete or absolute. His work is a positive disgrace.
5. optimistic and prepared to make plans for the future. Take a more positive attitude to life.
6. not showing any comparison; not comparative or superlative.
7. (of a number etc) greater than zero.
8. having fewer electrons than normal. In an electrical circuit, electrons flow to the positive terminal.
noun
1. a photographic print, made from a negative, in which light and dark are as normal.
2. (an adjective or adverb of) the positive (not comparative or superlative) degree.
ˈpositiveness noun
ˈpositively adverb
1. in a positive way. He stated positively that he was innocent.
2. absolutely; completely. He is positively the nastiest person I know.

positive

إِيجَابِيّ pozitivní positiv positiv θετικός positivo positiivinen positif pozitivan positivo 確信している 적극적인 positief positiv pozytywny positivo позитивный positiv ซึ่งมองในแง่ดี olumlu chắc chắn 肯定的

pos·i·tive

a. positivo-a, afirmativo-a.

positive

adj & n positivo; false — falso positivo; true — verdadero positivo
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Physically they were almost a race apart, and out-of-door work had given them a vigour which, when they got over their first shyness on coming to town, developed into a positive carriage and freedom of movement, and made them conspicuous among Black Hawk women.
The most positive mandate from him who seemed the acknowledged leader, was liable to be violated at each moment by any rash hand that might choose to sacrifice a victim to the manes of some dead friend or relative.
They may love other individuals far better than their relatives,--they may even cherish dislike, or positive hatred, to the latter; but yet, in view of death, the strong prejudice of propinquity revives, and impels the testator to send down his estate in the line marked out by custom so immemorial that it looks like nature.
Dimmesdale exhibited no symptom of positive and vivacious suffering, except that, as little Pearl had remarked, he kept his hand over his heart.
I was a little late on the scene, and I felt, as he stood wistfully looking out for me before the door of the inn at which the coach had put him down, that I had seen him, on the instant, without and within, in the great glow of freshness, the same positive fragrance of purity, in which I had, from the first moment, seen his little sister.
But when a man's religion becomes really frantic; when it is a positive torment to him; and, in fine, makes this earth of ours an uncomfortable inn to lodge in; then I think it high time to take that individual aside and argue the point with him.
But as perhaps fifty of these whale-bone whales are harpooned for one cachalot, some philosophers of the forecastle have concluded that this positive havoc has already very seriously diminished their battalions.
I have hardly mentioned the positive economies of co-operation.
Her theological tenets were all made up, labelled in most positive and distinct forms, and put by, like the bundles in her patch trunk; there were just so many of them, and there were never to be any more.
What we call knowledge is often our positive ignorance; ignorance our negative knowledge.
These people had seen me do the very showiest bit of magic in history, and the only one within their memory that had a positive value, and yet here they were, ready to take up with an adventurer who could offer no evidence of his powers but his mere unproven word.
It is said that the student likes to appear on the street and in other public places in this kind of array, and that this predilection often keeps him out when exposure to rain or sun is a positive danger for him.