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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. impossible to deny or disprove; " incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence"; " proof positive"; " an irrefutable argument"
  7. involving advantage or good; " a plus ( or positive) factor"
  8. a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject
  9. formally laid down or imposed; " positive laws"
  10. characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.; " a positive attitude"; " the reviews were all positive"; " a positive benefit"; " a positive demand"
  11. ( mathematics) greater than zero; " positive numbers"
  12. greater than zero; " positive numbers"
  13. indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen; " a positive pregnancy test"
  14. 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.
  15. Designating, or pertaining to, a device giving a to- and- fro motion; as, a positive dobby.
  16. 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.
  17. Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in fact; real; actual; -- opposed to negative.
  18. 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.
  19. Definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed; -- opposed to implied; as, a positive declaration or promise.
  20. 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.
  21. Prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by arbitrary appointment; said of laws.
  22. Fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes, overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; -- said of persons.
  23. Having the power of direct action or influence; as, a positive voice in legislation.
  24. 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.
  25. Electro- positive.
  26. Hence, basic; metallic; not acid; -- opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals.
  27. That which is capable of being affirmed; reality.
  28. That which settles by absolute appointment.
  29. The positive degree or form.
  30. A picture in which the lights and shades correspond in position with those of the original, instead of being reversed, as in a negative.
  31. The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
  32. Positiveness.
  33. 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:.
  34. In mathematics, electricity, etc., that which is opposite to a negative.
  35. Positively.
  36. Sign +. ( 1) Affirmative, definite, not negative. ( 2) In laboratory technique, noting the occurrence of the reaction. ( 3) In diagnosis, noting that examination reveals the presence of an abnormal condition. ( 4) In postmortem examinations, noting that pathological changes are present.
  37. Definitely placed or laid down: clearly expressed: actual: not admitting any doubt or qualification: decisive: settled by arbitrary appointment: dogmatic: fully assured: certain: ( gram.) noting the simple form of an adjective: ( math.) to be added.
  38. That which is placed or laid down: that which may be affirmed: reality.
  39. Actual; certain; real; absolute; assured.
  40. Real; actual.
  41. Absolute; unquestionable; confident; decided.
  42. That which is sure; reality; a photograph having the lights and shade of the real object.
  43. Expressed; explicit; absolute; express; real or existing in fact: direct; confident; dogmatic; over- confident; settled by arbitrary appointment; having power to act directly.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. That which is capable of being affirmed; reality; a word which affirms or asserts existence.
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Antonyms for positive

denigrative, deniable, conditional, ductile, overcritical, disapproving, caviling, suspicious, non placet, disputable, carping, hopeless, fishy, ambiguous, disconfirming, wavering, bearish, doubtful, undecided, inimical, electronegative, problematic, shaky, suspect, belittling, misanthropic, Trustless, Controvertible, perverse, hesitant, debatable, antagonistic, derisory, despairing, answerable, iffy, unassuming, counter, doubting, contemptuous, depreciative, minus, approximative, indecisive, contingent, defeatist, demeaning, negotiable, gentle, hypercritical, mild, viewless, informal, Censuring, inaccurate, cynical, unbelieving, inappreciative, questionable, speculative, disbelieving, imprecise, docile, Contradictable, downbeat, moot, limited, refutable, disadvantageous, constitutional, vacillating, unsure, electroneutral, unconvinced, mistrustful, Debated, dubious, shy, squishy, SHOW-ME, incredulous, skeptical, gram-negative, untoward, controversial, depreciatory, detractive, critical, ballpark, Issuable, unfriendly, unsympathetic, unsettled, hostile, complaisant, accountable, denigratory, uncertain, disputed, distrustful, humble, neutralized, responsible, derogatory, unflattering, hypothetical, lenient, diffident, Suspecting, captious, unfavorable, uncomplimentary, meek, Decrying, disparaging, dodgy, inexact, neutralised, adverse, yielding, dubitable, questioning, neutral, pessimistic, uncharged, scornful, shady, theoretical, degrading, arguable, incertain, pejorative, academic, timid, approximate, slighting, deprecatory, negativistic, equivocal, lowly, unappreciative, loose, derogative, faultfinding, inconclusive, negative, compliant, prejudicial, disdainful, submissive, Doubtable.

Quotes of positive

  1. Measurements of the specific ionization of both the positive and negative particles, by counting the number of droplets per unit length along the tracks, showed the great majority of both the positive and negative particles to possess unit electric charge. – Carl D. Anderson
  2. His tenacity is unmatched in my opinion. Incredible how someone could have suffered that long and come back out of prison with such a good heart and positive things to say and do. – Maurice Ashley
  3. For a manager to be perceived as a positive manager, they need a four to one positive to negative contact ratio. – Ken Blanchard
  4. I feel blessed to be here representing our country and carrying out th research of scientists around the world... I hope you could feel the positive energy that beamed to the whole planet as we glided over. – Laurel Clark
  5. But I think there was a sense amongst the House Republicans especially that we didn't just want to be opposed to Bill Clinton; that we wanted to tell the country what we were for and to brand ourselves in a more positive manner. – Ed Gillespie
  6. Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. I go out there thinking that I'm going to complete every pass. – Ron Jaworski
  7. I try to stay positive by focusing on how much I'll appreciate my health if I get better. – Daniel Johns
  8. I've received a lot of positive feedback from both the secular and Christian markets. People seem to be receiving it with open arms and hearts, and are interested in the stories I want to share about my relationship with God and my faith. – Brian Littrell
  9. More Americans own their home than ever before. Nearly 70 percent of American's are homeowners. So it is a good time for us to asses the positive impacts of homeownership on families, communities and on the nation's economy. – Randy Neugebauer
  10. The only way that we're going to feel secure in this country again and that we're going to feel good about ourselves is if we use these systems we've put into place to create positive change around the world. I really believe we can do that. – John Perkins
  11. I think that Americans should gradually begin to adopt positive behavior rather than doing evil. They should not expect an immediate reaction in return for their positive measures. It will take time. – Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
  12. When you come off something really disappointing, you want to come back and kind of regroup and get involved in something positive right away. – Andy Roddick
  13. Peter Ustinov was the first really positive influence in my career. He was real and he bore witness to it. The things he said to you, he lived them. – Terence Stamp
  14. Women were freed from positive duties when they could not perform them, but not when they could. – Henrietta Szold
  15. I don't think of myself as a role model. I do try to live in a compassionate, considerate and positive way. The only advice I can offer is to find what you love to do, find the joy in it, and express yourself through your passion. – Barry Williams

Usage examples for positive

  1. Yet you are not positive that this is so, are you? – Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green
  2. " I'm positive certain," said Mr. Davis, taking a breath. – Ship's Company, The Entire Collection by W.W. Jacobs
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  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. " If I were positive that you loved some one else . – The Grey Cloak by Harold MacGrath
  8. It's a positive paradise! – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  9. Please say something positive to her, James! – The Tinder-Box by Maria Thompson Daviess
  10. " 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
  11. " Breaking up," Miss Gabriel repeated with a very positive nod of her head. – Major Vigoureux by A. T. Quiller-Couch
  12. Three days before will do, he went on, if you are in a position to be positive then. – Washington Square by Henry James
  13. Doesn't the government do anything positive for the people?" – Space Viking by Henry Beam Piper
  14. And you are positive Sylvia will not tell? – A Very Naughty Girl by L. T. Meade
  15. Bobby was positive about it. – Four Little Blossoms and Their Winter Fun by Mabel C. Hawley
  16. 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
  17. Allow me, for once, to be plain and positive – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins
  18. But it also marks a stage in the general development of Christian Mysticism, by giving a positive value to scientific and natural knowledge as part of the self- evolution of the human soul. – Christian Mysticism by William Ralph Inge
  19. And here, indeed, was proof positive of the fact. – The Mystery of the Four Fingers by Fred M. White
  20. Only I was almost positive I saw someone. – Penny Nichols Finds a Clue by Joan Clark

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