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Adjective: positive  pó-zu-tiv
  1. Characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
    "a positive attitude"; "the reviews were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive demand"
  2. Persuaded of; very sure
    "I am positive he is lying";
    - convinced, confident
  3. Involving advantage or good
    "a positive factor";
    - plus
  4. Formally laid down or imposed
    "positive laws";
    - prescribed
  5. Impossible to deny or disprove
    "proof positive";
    - incontrovertible, irrefutable, ungainsayable
  6. (mathematics) greater than zero
    "positive numbers"
  7. Having a positive charge
    "protons are positive";
    - electropositive, positively charged
  8. Marked by excessive confidence
    "the less he knows the more positive he gets";
    - cocksure, overconfident
  9. (medicine) indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen
    "a positive pregnancy test";
    - confirming
  10. Of or relating to positivism
    "positive philosophy";
    - positivist, positivistic
  11. Reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion
    "positive increase in graduating students"
Noun: positive  pó-zu-tiv
  1. The primary form of an adjective or adverb; denotes a quality without qualification, comparison, or relation to increase or diminution
    - positive degree
  2. A film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject

Derived forms: positives

See also: advantageous, affirmative, affirmatory, certain, charged, confident, constructive, favorable [US], favourable [Brit, Cdn], formal, Gram-positive, optimistic, plus, quality, supportive, sure, undeniable

Type of: adjective, adverb, film, photographic film

Antonym: negative, neutral

Part of: diapositive, lantern slide, slide

Encyclopedia: Positive