- constructive and sure, rather than skeptical.
- concerned with or based on matters of experience: positive philosophy.
- of, relating to, or characterized by positive electricity.
- indicating a point in a circuit that has a higher potential than that of another point, the current flowing from the point of higher potential to the point of lower potential.
- (of blood, affected tissue, etc.) indicating the presence of a specified medical condition or substance:Her urine was positive for opiates.
- (of a diagnostic test) indicating the presence of the medical condition or substance tested for:a positive test for tuberculosis.
- (of a person) diagnosed as having a specified medical condition, or having a specified substance in the body (often used in combination):He's HIV positive.She tested positive for lupus.
- the positive degree.
- a form in the positive, as good or smooth.
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How to use positive in a sentence
That’s either a positive or a negative, depending on how you weigh the evidence.Which Players Have A Shot At Becoming WNBA Rookie Of The Year?|Howard Megdal|September 11, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
She hopes everyone will take the positives from distance learning with them when they go back to in-person classes.Healthy screen time is one challenge of distance learning|Kathryn Hulick|September 11, 2020|Science News For Students
Federal defense attorney Jeremey Warren said although many of his clients in the facility have tested positive, it’s been difficult for him to get information about what’s happening inside.Federal Jail Downtown Now Has One of the Country’s Worst COVID Outbreaks|Maya Srikrishnan|September 10, 2020|Voice of San Diego
I asked Thom Mayer if he thought the positive tests meant the season might be over before it could begin.Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has? (Ep. 431)|Stephen J. Dubner|September 10, 2020|Freakonomics
It may be the thing that we get more positive comments about from customers than anything else.Retail Jingle Bells to Ring Longer Than Ever Before|Charu Kasturi|September 9, 2020|Ozy
There was a lot of positive feedback from people interested in non-gender binary people.
But he, like many people using dating apps whatever their sexual identity, remains stoutly positive.
And the fact that satire unnerves the intolerant is evidence of its positive power.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The trials produced positive results, published in The New England Journal of Medicine in November.
And more than that—the world is ending because of the changes that many of us see as positive.
He was positive he had seen some one enter the room, go to the chair, and take the money from his pockets.
At last his anxiety reached a point where he was positive that if he received an adverse decision, it would surely kill him.
Some hidden magnetism burst from him like an aura, and his cold pasty face and light gray eyes flamed into positive beauty.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
It is a sensitive test, and, when positive, is absolute proof of the presence of blood.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
There is no proof positive that it was henceforth his invariable rule to put this kind of finish.Antonio Stradivari|Horace William Petherick
British Dictionary definitions for positive
- constructive rather than sceptical
- (of a concept) denoting the presence rather than the absence of some property
- having a value greater than zeroa positive number
- designating, consisting of, or graduated in one or more quantities greater than zeropositive direction
- measured in a direction opposite to that regarded as negative
- having the same magnitude as but opposite sense to an equivalent negative quantity
- (of an electric charge) having an opposite polarity to the charge of an electron and the same polarity as the charge of a proton
- (of a body, system, ion, etc) having a positive electric charge; having a deficiency of electronsa positive ion
- (of a point in an electric circuit) having a higher electric potential than some other point with an assigned zero potential