- 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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Related Words for positivenessfaith, confidence, store, credence, conviction, assuredness, certainty, dependence, reliance, assurance, certitude, trust, surety, hope, stock
Examples from the Web for positiveness
Historical Examples of positiveness
"That's just because he's part Indian," Evadna declared, with the positiveness of youth and inexperience.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
The positiveness of their beliefs was a special source of wonder to him.
She varied her phrase, with the same incongruous effect of positiveness.Under Western Eyes
All things strive for positiveness, for themselves, or for quasi-systems of which they are parts.The Book of the Damned
It was a sort of muffled wail, but there was no mistaking its positiveness.Blow The Man Down
- 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
Word Origin for positive
early 14c., originally a legal term meaning "formally laid down," from Old French positif (13c.) and directly from Latin positivus "settled by agreement, positive" (opposed to naturalis "natural"), from positus, past participle of ponere "put, place" (see position (n.)).
Sense of "absolute" is from mid-15c. Meaning in philosophy of "dealing only with facts" is from 1590s. Sense broadened to "expressed without qualification" (1590s), then "confident in opinion" (1660s); mathematical use is from 1704; in electricity, 1755. Psychological sense of "concentrating on what is constructive and good" is recorded from 1916.
1520s, from positive (adj.).