[ ih-lek-troh-poz-i-tiv ]
/ ɪˌlɛk troʊˈpɒz ɪ tɪv /

adjective Physical Chemistry.

containing positive electricity; tending to migrate to the negative pole in electrolysis.
assuming positive potential when in contact with a dissimilar substance.
basic, as an element or group.

Nearby words

  1. electrophysiology,
  2. electroplaque,
  3. electroplate,
  4. electroplating,
  5. electropolish,
  6. electroreceptor,
  7. electroreduction,
  8. electrorefining,
  9. electroretinogram,
  10. electroretinograph

Origin of electropositive

First recorded in 1840–50; electro- + positive

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British Dictionary definitions for electropositive


/ (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈpɒzɪtɪv) /


having a positive electric charge
(of an atom, group, molecule, etc) tending to release electrons and form positive ions or polarized bondsCompare electronegative
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Science definitions for electropositive


[ ĭ-lĕk′trō-pŏzĭ-tĭv ]

Tending to donate electrons and to form a positive ion. Metals are generally electropositive.
Having a positive electric charge.
Capable of acting as a positive electrode.
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