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adjective Mathematics.

(of a quadratic form) positive for all real values of the variables, where the values are not all zero.
(of a matrix) displaying the coefficients of a positive definite quadratic form.

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Origin of positive definite

First recorded in 1905–10
positive definiteness, noun
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