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positive

[ poz-i-tiv ]
/ ˈpɒz ɪ tɪv /
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adjective

noun

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Origin of positive

First recorded in 1250–1300; from Latin positīvus; replacing Middle English positif, from Middle French, from Latin, as above. See posit, -ive

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To be positive of something is to be fully assured of its truth or accuracy. How is positive different from certain, confident, and sure? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for positive

positive
/ (ˈpɒzɪtɪv) /

adjective

noun

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Derived forms of positive

positiveness or positivity, noun

Word Origin for positive

C13: from Late Latin positīvus positive, agreed on an arbitrary basis, from pōnere to place
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Medical definitions for positive

positive
[ pŏzĭ-tĭv ]

adj.

Characterized by or displaying certainty, acceptance, or affirmation.
Indicating the presence of a particular disease, condition, or organism.
Indicating or characterized by response or motion toward the source of a stimulus, such as light.
Relating to or designating electric charge of a sign opposite to that of an electron.

Other words from positive

pos′i•tivi•ty n.
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Scientific definitions for positive

positive
[ pŏzĭ-tĭv ]

Greater than zero.
Having an electric charge or voltage greater than zero.
Indicating the presence of a disease, condition, or organism, as a diagnostic test.
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