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Oxford dictionary definition of the word positive:
1consisting in or characterized by the presence rather than the absence of distinguishing features.
expressing or implying affirmation, agreement, or permission:
the company received a positive response from investors
(of the results of a test or experiment) indicating that a certain substance or condition is present or exists:
a player had tested positive for cocaine use
[in combination] (of a person or their blood) having a specified substance or condition:
2constructive, optimistic, or confident:
there needs to be a positive approach to young offenders
adopt a positive outlook on life
showing progress or improvement:
the prospects for positive growth in the economy do not look good
3with no possibility of doubt; definite:
he made a positive identification of a glossy ibis
convinced in one’s opinion; certain:
‘You are sure it was the same man?’ ‘Positive!’ said George
[attributive] informal downright; complete (used for emphasis):
it’s a positive delight to see you
4(of a quantity) greater than zero.
5containing, producing, or denoting an electric charge opposite to that carried by electrons:
each battery has a positive and negative terminal
6(of a photographic image) showing lights and shades or colours true to the original.
7 Grammar denoting the primary degree of an adjective or adverb, which expresses simple quality without qualification. Contrasted with comparative and superlative.
8chiefly Philosophy dealing only with matters of fact and experience; not speculative or theoretical. Compare with positivism (sense 1).
9 Astrology relating to or denoting any of the air or fire signs, considered active in nature.
1a desirable or constructive quality or attribute:
take your weaknesses and translate them into positives
to manage your way out of recession, accentuate the positive
2a positive photographic image, especially one printed from a negative:
the photographic process involves separate runs with the red, green, and blue separation positives
3a result of a test or experiment indicating that a certain substance or condition is present or exists:
let us look at the distribution of those positives
4 [mass noun] the part of an electric circuit that is at a higher electrical potential than another point designated as having zero electrical potential:
try linking the signal input directly to positive
5a number greater than zero.
6 Grammar an adjective or adverb in the positive degree.
late Middle English: from Old French positif, -ive or Latin positivus, from posit- ‘placed’, from the verb ponere. The original sense referred to laws as being formally ‘laid down’, which gave rise to the sense ‘explicitly laid down and admitting no question’, hence ‘certain’