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English

Etymology

From Old (and modern) French positif , or Latin positivus , from the past participle stem of ponere ‘to place’. Compare posit .

Pronunciation

IPA: /ˈpɒzɪtɪv/

Hyphenation : po·si·tive

Adjective

positive ( comparative more positive , superlative most positive )

  1. Definitively laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed, precise, emphatic.
    Positive words, that he would not bear arms against King Edward's son. --Bacon.
    We have received positive proof that the President is insane.
  2. Fully assured, confident; certain.
    I'm absolutely positive you've spelt that wrong.
  3. Overconfident, dogmatic.
    Some positive, persisting fops we know, That, if once wrong, will needs be always so. --Pope.
  4. ( Grammar ) Describing the primary sense of an adjective or adverb; not comparative or superlative.
    ‘Better’ is an irregular comparative of the positive form ‘good’.
  5. Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute.
    The idea of beauty is not positive , but depends on the different tastes of individuals.
  6. Wholly what is expressed; colloquially downright, entire, outright.
    Good lord, you've built up a positive arsenal of weaponry here.
  7. Characterised by the existence or presence of qualities or features, rather than by their absence.
    The box was not emptyI felt some positive substance within it.
  8. Characterised by the presence of features which support a hypothesis.
    The results of our experiment are positive .
  9. Characterised by affirmation, constructiveness, or influence for the better; favourable.
    He has a positive outlook on life.
    The first-night reviews were largely positive .
    a positive voice in legislation. --Swift.
  10. ( chiefly Philosophy ) Actual, real, concrete.
    Positive good. --Bacon.
  11. Of a visual image (now especially in photography), true to the original in light, shade and colour values.
    A positive photograph can be developed from a photographic negative.
  12. ( physics ) Having more protons than electrons.
    A cation is a positive ion as it has more protons than electrons.
  13. ( slang ) : HIV positive.

Noun

positive ( plural positives )

  1. ( Grammar ) An adjective or adverb in the positive degree.
  2. A thing capable of being affirmed; something real or actual.
  3. A thing having a positive quality, in physics, photography etc.
  4. A favourable point or characteristic.

Translations

  • Chinese: 陽
  • Finnish: varma (1, 2), positiivinen (4), positiivi (5)

Derived terms

Other Translations for "positive"

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