Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of POSITIVE

Pronunciation:  'pâzitiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject
  2. [adj]  involving advantage or good; "a plus (or positive) factor"
  3. [adj]  granting what has been desired or requested; "a favorable reply"; "a positive answer"
  4. [adj]  marked by excessive confidence; "an arrogant and cocksure materialist"; "so overconfident and impudent as to speak to the queen"; "the less he knows the more positive he gets"
  5. [adj]  impossible to deny or disprove; "incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence"; "proof positive"; "an irrefutable argument"
  6. [adj]  formally laid down or imposed; "positive laws"
  7. [adj]  characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.; "a positive attitude"; "the reviews were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive demand"
  8. [adj]  (mathematics) greater than zero; "positive numbers"
  9. [adj]  (medicine) indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen; "a positive pregnancy test"
  10. [adj]  having a positive electric charge; "protons are positive"
  11. [adj]  of or relating to positivism; "positivist thinkers"; "positivist doctrine"; "positive philosophy"

POSITIVE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: advantageous, affirmative, affirmatory, cocksure, confident, confirming, constructive, electropositive, favorable, formal, incontrovertible, irrefutable, optimistic, overconfident, plus, positivist, positivistic, prescribed, undeniable
 Antonyms: disconfirming, electronegative, electroneutral, negative, neutral
 See Also: film, lantern slide, photographic film, slide, supportive



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pos"i*tive\, a.
    1. (Mach. & Mech.)
       (a) Designating, or pertaining to, a motion or device in
           which the movement derived from a driver, or the grip
           or hold of a restraining piece, is communicated
           through an unyielding intermediate piece or pieces;
           as, a claw clutch is a positive clutch, while a
           friction clutch is not.
       (b) Designating, or pertaining to, a device giving a
           to-and-fro motion; as, a positive dobby.
    2. (Vehicles) Designating a method of steering or turning in
       which the steering wheels move so that they describe
       concentric arcs in making a turn, to insure freedom from
       side slip or harmful resistance.
  2. \Pos"i*tive\, a. [OE. positif, F. positif, L.
    positivus. See {Position}.]
    1. Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in
       fact; real; actual; -- opposed to negative. ``Positive
       good.'' --Bacon.
    2. Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on
       changing circumstances or relations; absolute; -- opposed
       to relative; as, the idea of beauty is not positive, but
       depends on the different tastes individuals.
    3. Definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly
       expressed; -- opposed to implied; as, a positive
       declaration or promise.
             Positive words, that he would not bear arms against
             King Edward's son.                    --Bacon.
    4. Hence: Not admitting of any doubt, condition,
       qualification, or discretion; not dependent on
       circumstances or probabilities; not speculative;
       compelling assent or obedience; peremptory; indisputable;
       decisive; as, positive instructions; positive truth;
       positive proof. ``'T is positive 'gainst all exceptions.''
    5. Prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by
       arbitrary appointment; said of laws.
             In laws, that which is natural bindeth universally;
             that which is positive, not so.       --Hooker.
    6. Fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes,
       overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; -- said of persons.
             Some positive, persisting fops we know, That, if
             once wrong, will needs be always.     --Pope.
    7. Having the power of direct action or influence; as, a
       positive voice in legislation. --Swift.
    8. (Photog.) Corresponding with the original in respect to
       the position of lights and shades, instead of having the
       lights and shades reversed; as, a positive picture.
    9. (Chem.)
       (a) Electro-positive.
       (b) Hence, basic; metallic; not acid; -- opposed to
           {negative}, and said of metals, bases, and basic
    {Positive crystals} (Opt.), a doubly refracting crystal in
       which the index of refraction for the extraordinary ray is
       greater than for the ordinary ray, and the former is
       refracted nearer to the axis than the latter, as quartz
       and ice; -- opposed to negative crystal, or one in which
       this characteristic is reversed, as Iceland spar,
       tourmaline, etc.
    {Positive degree} (Gram.), that state of an adjective or
       adverb which denotes simple quality, without comparison or
       relation to increase or diminution; as, wise, noble.
    {Positive electricity} (Elec), the kind of electricity which
       is developed when glass is rubbed with silk, or which
       appears at that pole of a voltaic battery attached to the
       plate that is not attacked by the exciting liquid; --
       formerly called {vitreous electricity}; -- opposed to
       {negative electricity}.
    {Positive eyepiece}. See under {Eyepiece}.
    {Positive law}. See {Municipal law}, under {Law}.
    {Positive motion} (Mach.), motion which is derived from a
       driver through unyielding intermediate pieces, or by
       direct contact, and not through elastic connections, nor
       by means of friction, gravity, etc.; definite motion.
    {Positive philosophy}. See {Positivism}.
    {Positive pole}.
       (a) (Elec.) The pole of a battery or pile which yields
           positive or vitreous electricity; -- opposed to
           {negative pole}.
       (b) (Magnetism) The north pole. [R.]
    {Positive quantity} (Alg.), an affirmative quantity, or one
       affected by the sign plus [+].
    {Positive rotation} (Mech.), left-handed rotation.
    {Positive sign} (Math.), the sign [+] denoting plus, or more,
       or addition.
  3. \Pos"i*tive\, n.
    1. That which is capable of being affirmed; reality. --South.
    2. That which settles by absolute appointment.
    3. (Gram.) The positive degree or form.
    4. (Photog.) A picture in which the lights and shades
       correspond in position with those of the original, instead
       of being reversed, as in a negative. --R. Hunt.
    5. (Elec.) The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: absolute, accented, accentuated, accordant, actual, admitting no exception, affirmative, affirmatory, agreeable, agreeing, aidful, algorismic, algorithmic, aliquot, all-out, answerable, apodictic, arbitrary, arrant, arrogant, assertative, assertional, assertive, assured, at one, auspicious, authentic, believing, beneficial, bigoted, blind, blowup, blueprint, bound, cardinal, categorical, certain, cheerful, classical, clear, clear and distinct, clear as day, clear-cut, cocksure, coexistent, coexisting, coherent, coincident, coinciding, commensurate, compatible, complete, complimentary, conceited, conclusive, concordant, concurring, conducive, confident, confirming, conformable, congenial, congruent, congruous, consentaneous, consentient, consistent, consonant, constructive, consummate, contact print, contact printing, contributory, convinced, convincing, cooperating, cooperative, correspondent, corresponding, crass, cyanotype, de facto, deaf, decided, decimal, decisive, declarative, declaratory, definite, definitive, despotic, determinate, determined, devout, dictatorial, differential, digital, Ditto copy, doctrinaire, doctrinarian, dogmatic, dogmatizing, doubtless, downright, egregious, emphasized, emphatic, en rapport, encouraging, energetic, enlargement, enthusiastic, entire, equivalent, even, explicit, exponential, express, factual, faithful, favorable, fideistic, figural, figurate, figurative, final, finite, firm, fixed, flagrant, flat, flat-out, for real, forceful, forcible, fractional, functional, furthersome, genuine, glaring, global, glossy, good for, gross, hard, hard-nosed, harmonious, hectograph copy, helpful, historical, hologram, honest-to-God, hubristic, imaginary, impair, imperious, implicit, impossible, impress, impressed with, impression, in accord, in agreement, in rapport, in red letters, in sync, in synchronization, inaccordance, inappealable, incontestable, incontrovertible, indisputable, indubitable, ineluctable, inevitable, infinite, inharmony, integral, intolerable, irrational, irrefutable, italicized, lantern slide, like-minded, logarithmic, logometric, matte, matter-of-fact, microcopy, microprint, mimeograph copy, minus, necessary, negative, numeral, numerary, numerative, numeric, obdurate, obstinate, odd, of a piece, of like mind, of one mind, offprint, on all fours, opinionated, opinionative, opinioned, optimistic, oracular, ordinal, out-and-out, outright, overconfident, oversure, overweening, pair, peremptory, perfect, perfectly sure, persuaded, persuasive, photocopy, photograph, photogravure, Photostat, photostatic copy, pietistic, pigheaded, pious, pistic, plus, pointed, poised, pompous, pontifical, positivistic, possible, practical, pragmatical, precious, predestined, predetermined, predicational, predicative, prime, print, productive, profitable, profound, projection printing, promising, pronounced, pronunciative, proof, proper, propitious, proportionate, proud, punctuated, radical, rank, rational, real, realistic, reasonable, reassured, reassuring, reciprocal, reconcilable, regular, reliable, remedial, reprint, round, salutary, satisfied, secure, self-assured, self-confident, self-consistent, self-important, self-opinionated, self-opinioned, self-reliant, semi-matte, serviceable, shattering, sheer, shocking, slide, sold on, sound, specific, stark, stark-staring, starred, stat, straight, straight-out, stressed, stubborn, submultiple, substantial, superlative, supportive, surd, sure, sure-enough, surpassing, symbiotic, synchronized, synchronous, the veriest, therapeutic, thorough, thoroughgoing, total, transcendental, transparency, true, unafraid, unambiguous, unanimous, unbearable, uncircumscribed, unconditional, unconditioned, unconscionable, uncontestable, uncontested, undeniable, under the impression, underlined, underscored, undoubtful, undoubting, unequivocal, unfaltering, unhampered, unhesitating, uniform, unisonant, unisonous, univocal, unlimited, unmistakable, unmitigated, unpersuadable, unqualified, unquestionable, unquestioned, unquestioning, unrelieved, unreserved, unrestricted, unspoiled, unwaivable, unwavering, upbeat, useful, utilitarian, utter, veritable, whole, without exception, without reserve, Xerox, Xerox copy, yes