Definitions of positive

  1. marked by excessive confidence; " an arrogant and cocksure materialist"; " so overconfident and impudent as to speak to the queen"; " the less he knows the more positive he gets"
  2. persuaded of; very sure; " were convinced that it would be to their advantage to join"; " I am positive he is lying"; " was confident he would win"
  3. ( medicine) indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen; " a positive pregnancy test"
  4. having a positive electric charge; " protons are positive"
  5. granting what has been desired or requested; " a favorable reply"; " a positive answer"
  6. involving advantage or good; " a plus ( or positive) factor"
  7. a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject
  8. characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.; " a positive attitude"; " the reviews were all positive"; " a positive benefit"; " a positive demand"
  9. ( mathematics) greater than zero; " positive numbers"
  10. greater than zero; " positive numbers"
  11. Designating, or pertaining to, a motion or device in which the movement derived from a driver, or the grip or hold of a restraining piece, is communicated through an unyielding intermediate piece or pieces; as, a claw clutch is a positive clutch, while a friction clutch is not.
  12. Designating, or pertaining to, a device giving a to- and- fro motion; as, a positive dobby.
  13. Designating a method of steering or turning in which the steering wheels move so that they describe concentric arcs in making a turn, to insure freedom from side slip or harmful resistance.
  14. Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in fact; real; actual; -- opposed to negative.
  15. Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute; -- opposed to relative; as, the idea of beauty is not positive, but depends on the different tastes individuals.
  16. Definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed; -- opposed to implied; as, a positive declaration or promise.
  17. Hence: Not admitting of any doubt, condition, qualification, or discretion; not dependent on circumstances or probabilities; not speculative; compelling assent or obedience; peremptory; indisputable; decisive; as, positive instructions; positive truth; positive proof.
  18. Prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by arbitrary appointment; said of laws.
  19. Fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes, overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; -- said of persons.
  20. Having the power of direct action or influence; as, a positive voice in legislation.
  21. Corresponding with the original in respect to the position of lights and shades, instead of having the lights and shades reversed; as, a positive picture.
  22. Electro- positive.
  23. That which is capable of being affirmed; reality.
  24. That which settles by absolute appointment.
  25. The positive degree or form.
  26. A picture in which the lights and shades correspond in position with those of the original, instead of being reversed, as in a negative.
  27. The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
  28. Positiveness.
  29. Clearly expressed; leaving no doubt; actual; as, positive proof; confident; as, I am positive that this is so; strongly assertive; as, a positive manner; not negative; noting the simple form of an adjective; as, positive degree; in mathematics, reckoned as more than zero; as, a positive quantity; denoting that pole of a magnet which attracts; denoting one kind of electricity, or one end of an electric source:.
  30. In mathematics, electricity, etc., that which is opposite to a negative.
  31. Positively.
  32. That which is placed or laid down: that which may be affirmed: reality.
  33. Actual; certain; real; absolute; assured.
  34. Real; actual.
  35. Absolute; unquestionable; confident; decided.
  36. That which is sure; reality; a photograph having the lights and shade of the real object.
  37. Expressed; explicit; absolute; express; real or existing in fact: direct; confident; dogmatic; over- confident; settled by arbitrary appointment; having power to act directly.
  38. What is capable of being affirmed; reality; the positive degree; a picture with the natural lights and shades restored. Positive degree, the simple state of an adjective. Positive philosophy, positivism. Positive quantity, an allirmative quantity, or one to be added.
  39. Not admitting any condition or discretion; opposed to negative; absolute; direct; explicit; not implied; real; over- confident in opinion or assertion; dogmatical; affirmative; settled by arbitrary appointment; very certain; in gram., applied to the state of an adjective, without any increase or diminution in its signification, indicated by a change in the form or termination.
  40. That which is capable of being affirmed; reality; a word which affirms or asserts existence.

Usage examples for positive

  1. Might he not give her, under the very shadow of fate, an hour or two of actual, positive happiness? – The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  2. Please say something positive to her, James! – The Tinder-Box by Maria Thompson Daviess
  3. " If I were positive that you loved some one else . – The Grey Cloak by Harold MacGrath
  4. And here, indeed, was proof positive of the fact. – The Mystery of the Four Fingers by Fred M. White
  5. Allow me, for once, to be plain and positive. – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins
  6. I think, but will not be positive on this, the son of the widow lady died long after this event, but how long or how short a time I never heard; but the facts of the above story were told me by the sister of this young man. – Real Ghost Stories by William T. Stead
  7. " Yes, I can't make it any better," he answered in a positive tone, his thoughts on his picture. – Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman by F. Hopkinson Smith
  8. I am positive that in the set to which Captain Hastings has introduced you, you will meet a larger number of well- conducted people than you have ever met in any one place before." – A Daughter of the Vine by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  9. " I'm positive certain," said Mr. Davis, taking a breath. – Ship's Company, The Entire Collection by W.W. Jacobs
  10. There had been no positive change in the condition of the mother of little Joey. – The Chums of Scranton High at Ice Hockey by Donald Ferguson
  11. Mr. Johnson was of opinion, too, that young people should have positive, not general, rules given for their direction. – Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson, LL.D. during the last twenty years of his life by Hesther Lynch Piozzi
  12. Bobby was positive about it. – Four Little Blossoms and Their Winter Fun by Mabel C. Hawley
  13. Only I was almost positive I saw someone. – Penny Nichols Finds a Clue by Joan Clark
  14. Three days before will do, he went on, if you are in a position to be positive then. – Washington Square by Henry James
  15. Yet you are not positive that this is so, are you? – Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green