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English

Etymology

From Old (and modern) French positif, or [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] positivus, from the past participle stem of ponere ‘to place’. Compare posit.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈpɒzɪtɪv/
Hyphenation: po‧si‧tive

Adjective

positive (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
positive

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  1. Definitively laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed, precise, emphatic.
    • Bacon:
      Positive words, that he would not bear arms against King Edward’s son.
  2. Fully assured, confident; certain.
    I’m absolutely positive you've spelt that wrong.
  3. Overconfident, dogmatic.
    • Pope:
      Some positive, persisting fops we know, That, if once wrong, will needs be always so.
  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 empty – I 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.
    • Swift:
      a positive voice in legislation.
  10. (chiefly Template loop detected: Template:context 2) Actual, real, concrete.
    • Bacon:
      Positive good.
  11. (photography) Of a visual image, 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. (mathematics) Of number, greater than zero.
  14. (slang) HIV positive.

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Noun

Singular
positive

Plural
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  1. A thing capable of being affirmed; something real or actual.
  2. A favourable point or characteristic.
  3. Something having a positive value in physics, such as an electric charge.
  4. (grammar) An adjective or adverb in the positive degree.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A positive image; one that displays true colors and shades, as opposed to a negative.

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French

Adjective

positive

  1. Feminine form of positif.

Italian

Adjective

positive pl.

  1. Feminine form of positivo.

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