- Positive is defined as good, looking towards the good side of things, showing certainty, showing the presence of an illness or substance, more than zero, or charged with positive electricity.
- An example of something positive is a good attitude.
- An example of someone positive is a motivational speaker.
- A friend who is sure that the Oakland A's won the World Series is an example of someone positive.
- A person who has HIV is an example of someone positive for HIV.
- The number 1 is an example of a number that is positive.
- An electrical charge is an example of something positive.
- The definition of a positive is a good thing, or a result greater than zero, or something that represents an affirmation.
- An example of a positive is an item on a list of good things about losing your job.
- An example of a positive is a result on a pregnancy test saying that you're pregnant.
- 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
- Informal complete; absolute; out-and-out: a positive fool
- Biol. directed toward the source of a stimulus: positive tropism
- of, generating, or charged with positive electricity
- having a deficiency of electrons
- of an adjective or adverb in its simple, uninflected or unmodified form or degree; neither comparative nor superlative
- of this degree
- Math. designating a quantity greater than zero, or one to be added; plus
- Med. 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
- Optics forming a real (adjective) image by converging light rays: said of a lens
- Photog. with the light and shade corresponding to those of the subject
Origin of positiveMiddle English positif from Old French from Classical Latin positivus from positus: see position
something positive, as a degree, quality, condition, etc.; specif.,
- Elec. 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
- Gram. the positive degree; also, a word or form in this degree
- Math. a quantity greater than zero, or one to be added; plus quantity
- Photog. a photographic print, or a film for use in a projector, on which light and shadow correspond to what they were in the subject
- Characterized by or displaying certainty, acceptance, or affirmation: a positive answer; positive criticism.
- 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.
- Very confident; certain: I'm positive he's right. See Synonyms at sure.
- Explicitly or openly expressed or laid down: a positive demand.
- Admitting of no doubt; irrefutable: positive proof.
- Concerned with practical rather than theoretical matters.
- 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.
- Of or relating to religion based on revelation rather than on nature or reason alone.
- Informal Utter; absolute: a positive darling.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chemistry Of or relating to an ion, the cation, that is attracted to a negative electrode.
- Medicine Indicating the presence of a particular disease, condition, or organism: a positive test for pregnancy.
- Biology Indicating or characterized by response or motion toward the source of a stimulus, such as light: positive tropism.
- Having the areas of light and dark in their original and normal relationship, as in a photographic print made from a negative.
- Grammar Of, relating to, or being the simple uncompared degree of an adjective or adverb, as opposed to either the comparative or superlative.
- Driven by or generating power directly through intermediate machine parts having little or no play: positive drive.
- An affirmative element or characteristic.
- Mathematics A quantity greater than zero.
- Physics A positive electric charge.
- A photographic image in which the lights and darks appear as they do in nature.
- Grammar a. The uncompared degree of an adjective or adverb.b. A word in this degree.
- Music A division of some pipe organs, similar in sound to the great but smaller and less powerful.
Origin of positiveMiddle 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·ness pos′i·tiv′i·ty
(comparative more positive, superlative most positive)
- (law) Formally laid down. [from the 14th c.]
- Stated definitively and without qualification. [from the 16th c.]
- Fully assured in opinion. [from the 17th c.]
- (mathematics) Of number, greater than zero. [from the 18th c.]
- Characterized by constructiveness or influence for the better.
- Overconfident, dogmatic.
- (chiefly philosophy) Actual, real, concrete, not theoretical or speculative.
- (physics) Having more protons than electrons.
- (grammar) Describing the primary sense of an adjective, adverb or noun; not comparative, superlative, augmentative nor diminutive.
- Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute.
- Characterized by the existence or presence of distinguishing qualities or features, rather than by their absence.
- Characterized by the presence of features which support a hypothesis.
- (photography) Of a visual image, true to the original in light, shade and colour values.
- Favorable, desirable by those interested or invested in that which is being judged.
- Wholly what is expressed; colloquially downright, entire, outright.
- Optimistic. [from the 20th c.]
- (chemistry) electropositive
- (chemistry) basic; metallic; not acid; opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals.
- (slang) HIV positive.
- (New Age jargon) Good, desirable, healthful, pleasant, enjoyable; (often precedes 'energy', 'thought', 'feeling' or 'emotion').
- A thing capable of being affirmed; something real or actual.
- A favourable point or characteristic.
- Something having a positive value in physics, such as an electric charge.
- (grammar) An adjective or adverb in the positive degree.
- (photography) A positive image; one that displays true colors and shades, as opposed to a negative.
- The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.