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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)

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.

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"