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Related to positiveness: in favor of, ameliorating, two-fold


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.

[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.
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Noun1.positiveness - the character of the positive electric pole
polarity, sign - having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges); "he got the polarity of the battery reversed"; "charges of opposite sign"
negativeness, negativity - the character of the negative electric pole
2.positiveness - a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation and dogmatic assertiveness
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
assertiveness, self-assertiveness - aggressive self-assurance; given to making bold assertions
negativism, negativity, negativeness - characterized by habitual skepticism and a disagreeable tendency to deny or oppose or resist suggestions or commands
3.positiveness - the quality of being encouraging or promising of a successful outcome
advantage, vantage - the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me"
auspiciousness, propitiousness - the favorable quality of strongly indicating a successful result
4.positiveness - an amount greater than zero
amount - the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion; "an adequate amount of food for four people"
negativeness, negativity - an amount less than zero
5.positiveness - the quality of being undeniable and not worth arguing about
indisputability, indubitability, unquestionability, unquestionableness - the quality of being beyond question or dispute or doubt


The fact or condition of being without doubt:


(= constructiveness)Positive(s) nt; I was reassured by the positiveness of his attitudeich wurde durch seine positive Haltung bestärkt
(= certainty)Überzeugung f; (of voice)Bestimmtheit f; (of evidence)Überzeugungskraft f; her positiveness that he was innocentdie Überzeugung, mit der sie an seine Unschuld glaubte


(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.
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 ?
This project could not be of any great expense to the public; and might in my poor opinion, be of much use for the despatch of business, in those countries where senates have any share in the legislative power; beget unanimity, shorten debates, open a few mouths which are now closed, and close many more which are now open; curb the petulancy of the young, and correct the positiveness of the old; rouse the stupid, and damp the pert.
And who knows (there is no saying with certainty), perhaps the only goal on earth to which mankind is striving lies in this incessant process of attaining, in other words, in life itself, and not in the thing to be attained, which must always be expressed as a formula, as positive as twice two makes four, and such positiveness is not life, gentlemen, but is the beginning of death.
In short, the natural Frenchman is a conglomeration of commonplace, petty, everyday positiveness, so that he is the most tedious person in the world.
Madame de Bellegarde looked hard at him, and returned his hand-shake with a sort of British positiveness which reminded him that she was the daughter of the Earl of St.
I saw the other one run off across the snow," Bill announced with cool positiveness.
Nay," answered the old man with gentle positiveness.
But he nodded his head positively, and the boys behind him nodded with equal positiveness.
You weren't the Sea Wolf," Whiskers broke in with involuntary positiveness.
No, it an't,' said Newman, shaking his head with great positiveness.
You see, then, my dear sir, we must not pronounce with absolute positiveness against the existence of an atmosphere in the moon.
The great qualities, then, of his essays and his 'History' are those which give success to the best sort of popular oratory--dramatic vividness and clearness, positiveness, and vigorous, movement and interest.
And we will," Billy rejoined with great positiveness.