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English adjective: positive

1. positive characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.


SamplesA positive attitude.
The reviews were all positive.
A positive benefit.
A positive demand.


Similaraffirmative, constructive, optimistic


See alsoaffirmative, affirmatory, constructive, optimistic, supportive


Attributequality


Antonymsnegative, neutral

2. positive persuaded of; very sure


SamplesWere convinced that it would be to their advantage to join.
I am positive he is lying.
Was confident he would win.


Synonymsconfident, convinced


Similarcertain, sure


Antonymsincertain, uncertain, unsure

3. positive involving advantage or good


SamplesA plus (or positive) factor.


Synonymsplus


Similaradvantageous


Antonymsdisadvantageous

4. positive indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen


SamplesA positive pregnancy test.


Synonymsconfirming


SimilarGram-positive


Domain categorymedical specialty, medicine


Antonymsdisconfirming, negative

5. positive formally laid down or imposed


SamplesPositive laws.


Synonymsprescribed


Similarformal


Antonymsinformal

6. positive impossible to deny or disprove


SamplesIncontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence.
Proof positive.
An irrefutable argument.


Synonymsincontrovertible, irrefutable


Similarundeniable


Antonymsdeniable

7. positive of or relating to positivism


SamplesPositivist thinkers.
Positivist doctrine.
Positive philosophy.


Synonymspositivist, positivistic

8. positive reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion


SamplesPositive increase in graduating students.


Antonymsnegative

9. positive greater than zero


SamplesPositive numbers.


Similarplus


Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths


Antonymsminus

10. positive having a positive charge


SamplesProtons are positive.


Synonymselectropositive, positively charged


Similarcharged


Antonymsuncharged

11. positive marked by excessive confidence


SamplesAn arrogant and cocksure materialist.
So overconfident and impudent as to speak to the queen.
The less he knows the more positive he gets.


Synonymscocksure, overconfident


Similarconfident


Antonymsshy, unsure, diffident, timid


English noun: positive

1. positive (communication) the primary form of an adjective or adverb; denotes a quality without qualification, comparison, or relation to increase or diminution


Synonymspositive degree


Broader (hypernym)adjective, adverb

2. positive (artifact) a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject


Broader (hypernym)film, photographic film


Part meronymlantern slide, slide









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