- 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
There was also an additional positive case at a building across the street.Despite precautions, CBS headquarters reports 15 coronavirus cases amid nationwide surge|Jeremy Barr|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
A number of NFL players have tested positive for the coronavirus, though no games have been canceled.Pennsylvania says all athletes must wear masks while playing. The Steelers say they’re exempt.|Matt Bonesteel|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
About 30 Lorien employees had just tested positive, according to the University of Maryland lab.Hogan’s first batch of coronavirus tests from South Korea were flawed, never used|Steve Thompson|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
There are other positives to take from the upcoming winter, but it will involve managing expectations.How COVID-19 Could Actually Be Good for Skiing|Marc Peruzzi|November 20, 2020|Outside Online
Then, in August, the first resident tested positive after returning from a hospital in Charlottesville.Maryland and Virginia nursing homes battle explosive covid-19 outbreaks — again|Rebecca Tan, Rachel Chason|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
But meantime, all we can say with positiveness is this: man, the created, is becoming the creator.
The boy spoke eagerly, but the more wily schemer shook his head with positiveness.The Code of the Mountains|Charles Neville Buck
But everywhere Aaron ben Elijah lacks the positiveness and commanding mastery of Maimonides.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy|Isaac Husik
Across the illusory positiveness of his world—immaterial, psychological, ghostly—an intermediate orb—a tangible shadow was thrown.Under the Rose|Frederic Stewart Isham
“Let him go home in the rain, to be sure,” is given with positiveness, as if it settled the whole matter.Browning and the Dramatic Monologue|S. S. Curry
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
- Also called: positive organ a medieval nonportable organ with one manual and no pedalsCompare portative organ
- a variant spelling of positif