positive

[ poz-i-tiv ]
/ ˈpɒz ɪ tɪv /

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. positional,
  2. positional notation,
  3. positional nystagmus,
  4. positioner,
  5. positioning,
  6. positive accommodation,
  7. positive caster,
  8. positive column,
  9. positive convergence,
  10. positive crankcase ventilation

Origin of positive

1250–1300; < Latin positīvus; replacing Middle English positif < Middle French < Latin, as above. See posit, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for positive

positive

/ (ˈpɒzɪtɪv) /

adjective

noun

Compare negative

Derived Formspositiveness 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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Word Origin and History for positive
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Medicine 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.
Related formspos′i•tivi•ty n.


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Science 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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