[ fawls-poz-i-tiv ]
/ ˈfɔlsˈpɒz ɪ tɪv /
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noun Also false positive .
- a test result that is incorrect because the test indicated a condition or finding that does not exist: a false-positive for syphilis.
- a person who receives this test result.
- any screening test result that incorrectly detected or classified a person or thing: A false-positive at the airport could cause you to miss your flight.
- a person or thing identified by such a test.
pertaining to or being a false-positive: The test has a false-positive rate of 4%.
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Origin of false-positive
First recorded in 1910–15
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How to use false-positive in a sentence
Nine years ago, heads rolled after the BBC was found guilty of making a false positive, of running an inaccurate story.Will the Jimmy Savile Scandal Tarnish the BBC?|Peter Jukes|October 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is much less likely to produce a false positive, adds Dr. Thompson, than an initial screening test would be.Whitney Houston’s Death: Xanax and Alcohol, Lethal Duo|Casey Schwartz|February 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It's called "the paradox of the false positive," and it's a doozy.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for false-positive
a result in a medical test that wrongly indicates the presence of the condition being tested for
a person from whom such a result is obtained
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