[ 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.

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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