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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.

positively

(ˈpɒzɪtɪvlɪ)
adv
1. in a positive manner
2. (intensifier): he disliked her: in fact, he positively hated her.
sentence substitute
unquestionably; absolutely

pos•i•tive•ly

(ˈpɒz ɪ tɪv li or, esp. for 3, ˌpɒz ɪˈtɪv li)

adv.
1. with certainty; absolutely.
2. decidedly; unquestionably; definitely.
interj.
3. (used to express strong affirmation) yes; indeed.
[1585–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.positively - extremely; "it was positively monumental"
intensifier, intensive - a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies; "`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier"; "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"
2.positively - so as to be positive; in a positive manner; "she intended her remarks to be interpreted positively"

positively

positively

adverb
1. In a direct, positive manner:
Informal: flat out.
Translations
بصورَةٍ مُطْلَقَهبِكُل تأكيد، بالإيجاب
jednoznačněnaprostozcela jistě
absolut
algjörlegameî jákvæîum hætti
jednoznačne
zares
kesin olarakson derece

positively

[ˈpɒzɪtɪvlɪ] ADV
1. (= with certainty) [guarantee] → con seguridad; (= categorically) [refuse] → tajantemente
the body has been positively identifiedse ha hecho una identificación definitiva del cadáver
2. (= affirmatively) [respond, act] → de manera positiva
most employees view the new system positivelyla mayoría de los empleados ha reaccionado favorablemente al nuevo sistema, la mayoría de los empleados ve el nuevo sistema con buenos ojos
you must think and act positivelydebes tener una actitud positiva
they are contributing positively to the development of their communityestán participando activamente en el desarrollo de su comunidad
3. (= really, absolutely) [amazed, delighted] → realmente, verdaderamente
the food was positively disgusting!¡la comida daba auténtico or verdadero asco!, ¡la comida era realmente or verdaderamente asquerosa!
this is positively the last time I'm going to tell youestá sí que es la última vez que te lo digo
Miguel knows positively nothing about businessMiguel no sabe absolutamente nada de negocios
4. (Elec) a positively charged ionun ión con carga positiva

positively

[ˈpɒzɪtɪvli] adv
to think positively → être positif/ive
to react positively to a suggestion → réagir favorablement à une proposition
[respond] to respond positively (= say yes) → répondre affirmativement
to respond positively to treatment [patient] → bien réagir au traitement
(= actually) [dangerous, harmful, rude, abusive] → carrément
It is not just acceptable, but positively encouraged
BUT Non seulement c'est acceptable, mais c'est même vivement recommandé.
Parents are positively encouraged to
BUT On encourage vivement les parents à.
(= absolutely)
This is positively the worst thing that I could imagine → C'est vraiment la pire chose que je puisse imaginer.
This is positively the last time I'm going to say this → Je répète ceci pour la toute dernière fois.
This is positively the last chance for industry to → C'est la toute dernière occasion qu'auront les entreprises de ...
[identify] → formellement
to be positively identified [body, person] → être formellement identifié(e) positively chargedpositively charged adj [ion, nucleus, particle] → positivementpositive thinking n
the benefits of positive thinking → les bénéfices qu'il y a à voir les choses de façon constructive
These people believe positive thinking can cure cancer → Ces gens croient que l'on peut guérir d'un cancer si l'on adopte une attitude constructive.

positively

adv
(= affirmatively, constructively, also Sci) → positiv
(= decisively)bestimmt; (= definitely, indisputably) provedefinitiv, eindeutig; (= conclusively) identifyeindeutig, bestimmt, definitiv; to test positively for drugspositiv auf Drogen getestet werden; I positively forbid itich verbiete es absolut or definitiv
(= really, absolutely)wirklich, echt (inf); (emph: = actively) → eindeutig, bestimmt; she positively glowed with pridesie strahlte regelrecht vor Stolz; Jane doesn’t mind being photographed, she positively loves itJane hat nichts dagegen, fotografiert zu werden, im Gegenteil, sie hat es sehr gern or sie hat es eindeutig sehr gern
(Elec, Phys) chargedpositiv; positively charged terminalPlus-Klemme f

positively

[ˈpɒzɪtɪvlɪ] adv (approach) → positivamente; (decisively) → decisamente; (effectively) → concretamente (fam) (really, absolutely) → assolutamente
to think positively → pensare in modo costruttivo
this is positively the last time I'll do this → è decisamente l'ultima volta che lo faccio
it looks positively frightening → fa decisamente paura

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.
References in classic literature ?
I pricked up my ears, for it was positively the first time I had ever heard a foreign tongue.
Sometimes--I hope God will forgive me--but positively, sometimes I wish Victor would lose the power of speech.
And I tell you that he who is born a Mingo will die a Mingo," returned the other positively.
I get positively angry with the impertinence of it and the everlastingness.
It was the belief of those who knew him best, that he would positively have taken the very singular step of giving up the House of the Seven Gables to the representative of Matthew Maule, but for the unspeakable tumult which a suspicion of the old gentleman's project awakened among his Pyncheon relatives.
No aim that I have ever cherished would they recognise as laudable; no success of mine -- if my life, beyond its domestic scope, had ever been brightened by success -- would they deem otherwise than worthless, if not positively disgraceful.
I perceived within half an hour that she was so glad--stout, simple, plain, clean, wholesome woman-- as to be positively on her guard against showing it too much.
I am, sir, if it should be positively indispensable to do so; not to be got rid of, that is; which I don't take to be the fact.
I can't make trade that way--I positively can't, Mr.
He could not be persuaded to do a thing while it could do any good--he was iron, he was adamant in his stubbornness then--but as soon as the thing had reached a point where it would be positively harmful to do it, do it he would, and nothing could stop him.
It transpired afterwards at various village entertainments that Rebecca couldn't be kept in the background; it positively refused to hold her.
For her own sake she could not be rude; and for Harriet's, in the hope that all would yet turn out right, she was even positively civil; but it was an effort; especially as something was going on amongst the others, in the most overpowering period of Mr.