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Definition of "positive" []

  • Characterized by or displaying certainty, acceptance, or affirmation: a positive answer; positive criticism. (adjective)
  • Measured or moving forward or in a direction of increase or progress. (adjective)
  • Explicitly or openly expressed or laid down: a positive demand. (adjective)
  • Admitting of no doubt; irrefutable: positive proof. (adjective)
  • Very sure; confident: I'm positive he's right. See Synonyms at sure. (adjective)
  • Characterized by or expressing certainty or affirmation (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Composed of or possessing actual or specific qualities; real (adjective)
  • Tending to emphasize what is good or laudable; constructive (adjective)
  • Tending towards progress or improvement; moving in a beneficial direction (adjective)
  • Constructive rather than sceptical (adjective)
  • (of a concept) denoting the presence rather than the absence of some property (adjective)
  • Independent of circumstances; absolute or unqualified (adjective)
  • (intensifier) (adjective)
  • Having a value greater than zero (adjective)
  • Designating, consisting of, or graduated in one or more quantities greater than zero (adjective)
  • Measured in a direction opposite to that regarded as negative (adjective)
  • Having the same magnitude as but opposite sense to an equivalent negative quantity (adjective)
  • Denoting the usual form of an adjective as opposed to its comparative or superlative form (adjective)
  • Indicating movement or growth towards a particular stimulus (adjective)
  • (of an electric charge) having an opposite polarity to the charge of an electron and the same polarity as the charge of a proton (adjective)
  • (of a body, system, ion, etc) having a positive electric charge; having a deficiency of electrons (adjective)
  • (of a point in an electric circuit) having a higher electric potential than some other point with an assigned zero potential (adjective)
  • (of a lens) capable of causing convergence of a parallel beam of light (adjective)
  • (of the results of an examination or test) indicating the existence or presence of a suspected disorder or pathogenic organism (adjective)
  • (of the effect of a drug or therapeutic regimen) beneficial or satisfactory (adjective)
  • (of a machine part) having precise motion with no hysteresis or backlash (adjective)
  • (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 (adjective)
  • Of or denoting an analysis that is free of ethical, political, or value judgments (adjective)
  • 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 (adjective)
  • Something that is positive (noun)
  • A quantity greater than zero (noun)
  • A print or slide showing a photographic image whose colours or tones correspond to those of the original subject (noun)
  • The positive degree of an adjective or adverb (noun)
  • A positive object, such as a terminal or plate in a voltaic cell (noun)
  • A medieval nonportable organ with one manual and no pedals (noun)

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Use "positive" in a sentence
  • "A smart publisher IMO is one that knows that any talk about a book is a positive thing, and that an honest review site is a site from which an honest *positive* review is worth having, too."
  • "This Greenian, autonomy-based, conception of positive freedom is often run together with a very different notion of ˜positive™ freedom: freedom as effective power to act or to pursue one's ends."
  • "And the magnetism of the whole circuit between the positive and the negative posts is in its _least_ volume next to the _positive post_, and in"