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positive adj 1 sure; certain; convinced. 2 definite; allowing no doubt positive proof of her guilt. 3 expressing agreement or approval a positive response. 4 optimistic feeling more positive. 5 forceful or determined; not tentative. 6 constructive; contributing to progress or improvement; helpful. 7 clear and explicit positive directions. 8 colloq downright a positive scandal. 9 said of the result of a chemical test: confirming the existence of the suspected condition. 10 math said of a number or quantity: greater than zero. 11 physics, elec having a deficiency of electrons, and so being able to attract them, ie attracted by a negative charge. 12 photog said of a photographic image: in which light and dark tones and colours correspond to those in the original subject. 13 grammar expressing a quality in the simple form, as distinct from the comparative or superlative forms. Compare negative.
ETYMOLOGY: 14c: from French positif, positive, or Latin positivus, from ponere to place.
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