- 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 positivespicture, likeness, image, snapshot, print, portrait, photo, shot, mug, positive, negative, slide, transparency, snap, blowup, Photostat, pic, Polaroid, microfilm, Kodachrome
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Contemporary Examples of positives
Marlow: But the positives this season far outweighed the negatives.Inside ‘Orange Is the New Black’ S2, Eps. 6-12: About That Shocking Incest Scene
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
June 20, 2014
The positives of meditation are many, but mastering the practice can be a challenge.High-Tech Meditation: Swap Your Yogi for a Headset
April 14, 2014
But there are a lot of positives in the relationship, too, and both presidents were at pains to stress them.The West Can Ally Against Russia But It Needs Global Cooperation
March 26, 2014
But the positives are moot if people fail to recognize the problem of eWaste and to realize they can do their part to reduce it.ecoATM offers consumers a new way to sell used cell phones and electronic devices
September 1, 2013
Now, for the positives: The big takeaway of the positive elements of the GOP is that culture war issues generally scored low.America's Reflection on Our Political Parties
April 2, 2013
Historical Examples of positives
Positives do not swell or bulge as they discharge, but shed the active material.
(g) The spongy lead may be bulged, or the positives may be buckled.
This occurs in the negatives also, though not to such an extent as in the positives.
If the positives are buckled, the negatives will be also, but not to the extent that the positives are.
In the case of the positives, there is no remedy, and the plates should be discarded.
- 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.).