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POSITIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does positive mean? 

POSITIVE (noun)
  The noun POSITIVE has 1 sense:

1. a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject

  Familiarity information: POSITIVE used as a noun is very rare.


POSITIVE (adjective)
  The adjective POSITIVE has 11 senses:

1. characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
2. having a positive electric charge
3. involving advantage or good
4. indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen
5. formally laid down or imposed
6. impossible to deny or disprove
7. of or relating to positivism
8. reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion
9. greater than zero
10. marked by excessive confidence
11. persuaded of; very sure

  Familiarity information: POSITIVE used as an adjective is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


POSITIVE (noun)


Sense 1positive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("positive" is a kind of...):

film; photographic film (photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies)

Holonyms ("positive" is a part of...):

lantern slide; slide (a transparency mounted in a frame; viewed with a slide projector)


POSITIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.

Context examples:

a positive attitude / the reviews were all positive / a positive benefit / a positive demand

Similar:

constructive (emphasizing what is laudable or hopeful or to the good)

affirmative; optimistic (expecting the best)

Also:

supportive (furnishing support or assistance)

optimistic (expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds)

constructive (constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development)

affirmative; affirmatory (affirming or giving assent)

Attribute:

quality (an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone)

Antonym:

negative (characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features)

neutral (possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics)


Sense 2positive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a positive electric charge

Synonyms:

electropositive; positive

Context example:

protons are positive

Attribute:

polarity; sign (having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges))

Antonym:

negative (having a negative electric charge)

neutral (having no net electric charge; not electrified)


Sense 3positive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Involving advantage or good

Synonyms:

plus; positive

Context example:

a plus (or positive) factor

Similar:

advantageous (giving an advantage)


Sense 4positive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen

Synonyms:

confirming; positive

Context example:

a positive pregnancy test

Similar:

Gram-positive ((of bacteria) being or relating to a bacterium that retains the violet stain used in Gram's method)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)

Antonym:

negative (not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition)


Sense 5positive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Formally laid down or imposed

Synonyms:

prescribed; positive

Context example:

positive laws

Similar:

formal (being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress))


Sense 6positive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impossible to deny or disprove

Synonyms:

incontrovertible; irrefutable; positive

Context examples:

incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence / proof positive / an irrefutable argument

Similar:

undeniable (not possible to deny)


Sense 7positive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to positivism

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

positivist; positivistic; positive

Context examples:

positivist thinkers / positivist doctrine / positive philosophy

Pertainym:

positivism (the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation))


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Meaning:

Reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion

Context example:

positive increase in graduating students

Antonym:

negative (reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive)


Sense 9positive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Greater than zero

Context example:

positive numbers

Similar:

plus (on the positive side or higher end of a scale)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)


Sense 10positive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by excessive confidence

Synonyms:

overconfident; cocksure; positive

Context examples:

an arrogant and cocksure materialist / so overconfident and impudent as to speak to the queen / the less he knows the more positive he gets

Similar:

confident (having or marked by confidence or assurance)


Sense 11positive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Persuaded of; very sure

Synonyms:

confident; convinced; positive

Context examples:

were convinced that it would be to their advantage to join / I am positive he is lying / was confident he would win

Similar:

certain; sure (having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured)


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