Electro-positive
Electro-positive E*lec`tro-pos"i*tive, a. 1. (Physics) Of such a nature relatively to some other associated body or bodies, as to tend to the negative pole of a voltaic battery, in electrolysis, while the associated body tends to the positive pole; -- the converse or correlative of electro-negative. [1913 Webster]

Note: An element that is electro-positive in one compound may be electro-negative in another, and vice versa. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) Hence: Positive; metallic; basic; -- distinguished from negative, nonmetallic, or acid. [1913 Webster]


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