Positive definition

pŏzĭ-tĭv
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Very confident; certain.

I'm positive he's right.

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Measured or moving forward or in a direction of increase or progress.

Positive steps.

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Characterized by or displaying certainty, acceptance, or affirmation.

A positive answer; positive criticism.

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Explicitly or openly expressed or laid down.

A positive demand.

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(informal) Utter; absolute.

A positive darling.

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Admitting of no doubt; irrefutable.

Positive proof.

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An affirmative element or characteristic.
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Concerned with practical rather than theoretical matters.
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(chemistry) Of or relating to an ion, the cation, that is attracted to a negative electrode.
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Showing resolution or agreement; affirmative; certain.

A positive answer.

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Of or relating to religion based on revelation rather than on nature or reason alone.
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A photographic image in which the lights and darks appear as they do in nature.
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(mathematics) A quantity greater than zero.
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(physics) A positive electric charge.
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Formally or arbitrarily set; conventional; artificial.

A positive law.

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Based, or asserted as based, on reality or facts.

Positive proof.

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Something positive, as a degree, quality, condition, etc.
  • (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.
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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.

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Definitely set; explicitly laid down; admitting of no question or modification; express; precise; specific.

Positive instructions.

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Tending in the direction regarded as that of increase, progress, etc.

Clockwise motion is positive.

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Making a definite contribution; constructive.

Positive criticism.

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Unrelated to anything else; independent of circumstances; absolute; unqualified.
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That has, or is considered as having, real existence in itself, not just in the absence of other attributes.

A positive good.

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Concerned only with real things and experience; empirical; practical.
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Greater than zero.
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Having an electric charge or voltage greater than zero.
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(informal) Complete; absolute; out-and-out.

A positive fool.

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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.

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(biology) Indicating or characterized by response or motion toward the source of a stimulus, such as light.

Positive tropism.

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Optimistic or constructive.

A positive attitude.

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(biol.) Directed toward the source of a stimulus.

Positive tropism.

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(math.) Designating a quantity greater than zero, or one to be added; plus.
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Indicating or characterized by response or motion toward the source of a stimulus, such as light.
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Indicating the presence of a disease, condition, or organism, as a diagnostic test.
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(medicine) Indicating the presence of a particular disease, condition, or organism.

A positive test for pregnancy.

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Indicating the presence of a particular disease, condition, or organism.
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Having the areas of light and dark in their original and normal relationship, as in a photographic print made from a negative.
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(grammar) Of, relating to, or being the simple uncompared degree of an adjective or adverb, as opposed to either the comparative or superlative.
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Driven by or generating power directly through intermediate machine parts having little or no play.

Positive drive.

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Desirable, admirable, or beneficial.

A woman with many positive qualities; the positive features of this new software.

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Not disparaging or malicious.

Ran a positive political campaign.

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Of or relating to positivism.
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Of or relating to positive law.
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Relating to or designating a quantity greater than zero.
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Relating to or designating the sign (+).
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Relating to or designating a quantity, number, angle, or direction opposite to another designated as negative.
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Relating to or designating an electric charge of a sign opposite to that of an electron.
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Of or relating to a body having fewer electrons than protons.
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(music) A division of some pipe organs, similar in sound to the great but smaller and less powerful.
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The uncompared degree of an adjective or adverb.
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A word in this degree.
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(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.

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Forming a real image by converging light rays.
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(photog.) With the light and shade corresponding to those of the subject.
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Having the mind set or settled; confident; assured.

A positive person.

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Overconfident or dogmatic.
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Of, generating, or charged with positive electricity.
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Having a deficiency of electrons.
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Of an adjective or adverb in its simple, uninflected or unmodified form or degree; neither comparative nor superlative.
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Of this degree.
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Something with the same charge (+) as a proton and opposite the negative (-) charge of an electron.
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Something with higher electric potential than the ground or a defined null or neutral point. Electrons flow from the positive point in a circuit. See also negative, null, and potential.
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Yes.
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(law) Formally laid down. [from the 14th c.]
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Stated definitively and without qualification. [from the 16th c.]
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Fully assured in opinion. [from the 17th c.]
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(mathematics) Of number, greater than zero. [from the 18th c.]
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Characterized by constructiveness or influence for the better.
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Overconfident, dogmatic.
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(chiefly philosophy) Actual, real, concrete, not theoretical or speculative.
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(physics) Having more protons than electrons.
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(grammar) Describing the primary sense of an adjective, adverb or noun; not comparative, superlative, augmentative nor diminutive.
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Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute.
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Characterized by the existence or presence of distinguishing qualities or features, rather than by their absence.
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Characterized by the presence of features which support a hypothesis.
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(photography) Of a visual image, true to the original in light, shade and colour values.
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Favorable, desirable by those interested or invested in that which is being judged.
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Wholly what is expressed; colloquially downright, entire, outright.
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Optimistic. [from the 20th c.]
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(chemistry) Electropositive.
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(chemistry) Basic; metallic; not acid; opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals.
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(slang) HIV positive.
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(New Age jargon) Good, desirable, healthful, pleasant, enjoyable; (often precedes 'energy', 'thought', 'feeling' or 'emotion').
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A thing capable of being affirmed; something real or actual.

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A favourable point or characteristic.
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Something having a positive value in physics, such as an electric charge.
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(grammar) An adjective or adverb in the positive degree.
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(photography) A positive image; one that displays true colors and shades, as opposed to a negative.
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The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
positive
Plural:
positives

Origin of positive

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old (modern) French positif, or Latin positivus, from the past participle stem of ponere (“to place”). Compare posit.

    From Wiktionary