Positive

  • 1 positive — pos‧i‧tive [ˈpɒztɪv ǁ ˈpɑːz ] adjective 1. good or useful: • When interest rates fall, there is a positive effect on business confidence. • He felt that these meetings did not make any sort of positive contribution to branch performance. 2.… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Positive — Pos i*tive, a. [OE. positif, F. positif, L. positivus. See {Position}.] 1. Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in fact; real; actual; opposed to negative. Positive good. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. Derived from an object by… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Positive — is a property of positivity and may refer to: Mathematics and science * Positive number, a number that is greater than 0 * Positive operator, in functional analysis, a bounded linear operator whose spectrum consists of positive real numbers *… …

    Wikipedia

  • 4 positive — [päz′ə tiv] adj. [ME positif < OFr < L positivus < positus: see POSITION] 1. formally or arbitrarily set; conventional; artificial [a positive law] 2. definitely set; explicitly laid down; admitting of no question or modification;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 positive — I (confident) adjective assured, believing, certain, certus, convinced, decided, decisive, definite, determined, fully convinced, insistent, perfectly sure, persuaded, reassured, satisfied, secure, self assured, self confident, sure, trusting,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 Positive — Pos i*tive, n. 1. That which is capable of being affirmed; reality. South. [1913 Webster] 2. That which settles by absolute appointment. [1913 Webster] 3. (Gram.) The positive degree or form. [1913 Webster] 4. (Photog.) A picture in which the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 positive — c.1300, a legal term meaning formally laid down, from O.Fr. positif (13c.), from L. positivus settled by arbitrary agreement, positive (opposed to naturalis natural ), from positus, pp. of ponere put, place (see POSITION (Cf. position)). Sense… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 positive — [adj1] definite, certain absolute, actual, affirmative, assured, categorical, clear, clearcut, cocksure*, cold*, complete, conclusive, concrete, confident, consummate, convinced, decided, decisive, direct, downright, explicit, express, factual,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 positive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) characterized by the presence rather than the absence of distinguishing features. 2) expressing or implying affirmation, agreement, or permission. 3) constructive, optimistic, or confident. 4) with no possibility of doubt; certain …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 positive — 1 certain, *sure, cocksure Analogous words: *confident, assured, sanguine, sure: dogmatic, doctrinaire, oracular, *dictatorial Antonyms: doubtful 2 *affirmative Antonyms: negative …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 11 positive — pos|i|tive1 W2S2 [ˈpɔzıtıv US ˈpa: ] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(attitude)¦ 2¦(good thing)¦ 3¦(action)¦ 4¦(support)¦ 5¦(sure)¦ 6¦(sign)¦ 7¦(proof)¦ 8¦(scientific test)¦ 9¦(emphasis)¦ 10¦(number)¦ …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 positive — pos|i|tive1 [ pazətıv ] adjective *** ▸ 1 completely sure ▸ 2 expecting good things ▸ 3 showing agreement ▸ 4 situation, etc.: good ▸ 5 for emphasis ▸ 6 trying to help/improve ▸ 7 showing improvement ▸ 8 showing condition ▸ 9 number: above zero ▸ …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 positive — I UK [ˈpɒzətɪv] / US [ˈpɑzətɪv] adjective *** 1) [never before noun] completely certain positive (that): Are you positive that there s been no mistake? positive about/of: We d met before – I was positive about that. We ll make money from this… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 positive — [[t]pɒ̱zɪtɪv[/t]] ♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, oft ADJ about n If you are positive about things, you are hopeful and confident, and think of the good aspects of a situation rather than the bad ones. Be positive about your future and get on… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 positive — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from Latin positivus, from positus, past participle of ponere Date: 14th century 1. a. formally laid down or imposed ; prescribed < positive laws > b. expressed clearly or peremptorily <… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 positive — adjective 1 SURE (not before noun) very sure, with no doubt at all that something is right or true: “Are you sure?” “Positive.” | positive (that): Are you absolutely positive you locked the door? (+ of/about): It was definitely his fault James… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 positive — positiveness, n. /poz i tiv/, adj. 1. explicitly stated, stipulated, or expressed: a positive acceptance of the agreement. 2. admitting of no question: positive proof. 3. stated; express; emphatic: a positive denial. 4. confident in opinion or… …

    Universalium

  • 18 positive — pos•i•tive [[t]ˈpɒz ɪ tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) confident in opinion or assertion; sure: He is positive that he ll win[/ex] 2) cvb showing or expressing approval or agreement; favorable: a positive reaction to the speech[/ex] 3) cv gram. expressing or… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 positive — /ˈpɒzətɪv / (say pozuhtiv) adjective 1. explicitly laid down or expressed: a positive declaration. 2. arbitrarily laid down; determined by enactment or convention (opposed to natural): positive law. 3. admitting of no question: positive proof. 4 …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 positive — adj. & n. adj. 1 formally or explicitly stated; definite, unquestionable (positive proof). 2 (of a person) convinced, confident, or overconfident in his or her opinion (positive that I was not there). 3 a absolute; not relative. b Gram. (of an… …

    Useful english dictionary


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