Adjective "Positive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Consisting in or characterized by the presence rather than the absence of distinguishing features.
  1. 'Now the dominant trend in radio is to avoid giving listeners a reason to turn off, rather than offering a positive reason to turn on in the first place.'
  2. 'Individuals were classified as alopic if they had a positive reaction to any tested allergen.'
  3. 'Having said what meaning and understanding are not, Wittgenstein proceeds to give a positive account of what they are.'
  4. 'Mitomycin C and cyclophosphamide were used as positive controls in the absence and presence of S9, respectively.'
  5. 'the company received a positive response from investors'
  6. 'Obviously, those playlists got a positive response and the station acted accordingly.'
  7. 'We end the session with positive affirmations of how good things are going to be someday, when Craig or a judge will finally listen to them.'
  8. 'She said the allocation of R500m was a positive affirmation of the role teachers played in the community.'
  9. 'Maybe I need some of that positive affirmation, brothers and sisters.'
  10. 'Of course, there were a number of positive responses, from quiet appeals for calm to supportive speeches in the House of Commons.'
  11. 'They were met with a positive response from a number of musicians who believed they could generate money by simply turning up and playing some songs.'
  12. 'There is a positive response from farmers to the safety message.'
  13. 'Even if it's a positive response, a single bank or investor is not enough to open a restaurant.'
  14. 'That should imply positive announcements from this trio.'
  15. 'According to Dan Duddingston, the community response has been overwhelmingly positive.'
  16. 'the positive results of a pregnancy test'
  17. 'The experiment has shown positive results, and presently, the infants are living normally.'
  18. 'They only call if the results are positive and my tests had come back so.'
  19. 'Incorrect responses on either or both tasks are scored as a positive result, indicating dementia.'
  20. 'Should the test have a positive result, indicating that a condition has been detected, the parents will need counselling and support.'
  21. 'Any of these scenarios could result in a positive drug test for someone who is not impaired while driving.'
  22. 'Four percent of the children were admitted to a hospital because of positive blood cultures.'
  23. 'In 28 cases, results were positive using one test but negative using another.'
  24. 'The infections were detected in recipients by a positive blood smear.'
  25. 'Transbronchial biopsies and brushings returned positive for non-small cell carcinoma.'
  26. 'a player had tested positive for cocaine use'
  27. 'In HPV-positive women, not knowing what their results meant was associated with extremely high levels of anxiety.'
  28. 'At her next pregnancy the mother will then pass those antibodies against Rh-positive blood to the fetus.'
Constructive, optimistic, or confident.
  1. 'adopt a positive outlook on life'
  2. 'She says we have to learn to use anger in a positive way, rather than letting it control us.'
  3. 'Having a positive approach is essential if you are to move forward.'
  4. 'If we are to move forward, we must espouse this more positive approach in all dimensions of the club's activity.'
  5. 'Where we find ourselves now, however, is a brighter, more positive and optimistic place.'
  6. 'The meeting appeared to be positive and constructive and we were assured that our views would be taken on board.'
  7. 'Exuding confidence and advocating a positive outlook, he has no harsh words for anyone.'
  8. 'Clutching his prize after Monday's ceremony, Wiseman said there was a more positive and confident mood in the country than was evident a few years ago.'
  9. 'I also know that the image of your company and brand is important to you and that you want to be associated with positive images of women.'
  10. 'I hope you will consider the use and practice of non-violence in a more creative and positive way, rather than dismiss it as mere idealism.'
  11. 'At the same time, he tried to use egotism in a positive way, rather than destroying it outright.'
  12. 'The outlook he had on what was happening to the city around him was rather positive.'
  13. 'We would rather prefer to see positive measures in the same fields when linking aid to migration.'
  14. 'The important factor is that the underlying trend remains positive rather than individual isolated cases.'
  15. 'They blame all the ills of society on ‘them’, rather than looking for positive solutions.'
  16. 'But the problem is that nobody really has been talking about the positive features of life in Africa.'
  17. 'The school was inspected in September and found to have lots of positive features.'
  18. 'In some cases architectural features can have a positive impact on security and on the appearance of a building.'
  19. 'Rather, positive steps should be taken to enhance the opportunity of those disadvantaged by such social factors as family background.'
  20. 'But science is progressing in a positive manner and countries like India should take advantage of that.'
  21. 'In the final 15 minutes this nearly paid off as all three had shots on target and were a feature of Ilkley's positive moments.'
  22. 'This is the second consecutive quarter of positive growth since the beginning of 2002 - which bodes well for next year.'
  23. 'A sense of security and safety is one of the positive features of living in rural areas.'
With no possibility of doubt; definite.
  1. 'An inquest was opened in 1991 after the discovery of her body but has never been resumed because of the lack of a positive identification.'
  2. 'He is giving, I would submit, direct, positive evidence of identification.'
  3. 'There was no reason in the absence of positive evidence to conclude that the organization had any continuing role as trustee.'
  4. 'The positive identification of the body means the bodies of all four Irish people lost in the disaster have been recovered.'
  5. 'Upon positive identification, the user is alerted by both an audible and visual alarm.'
  6. 'The security footage produced a positive identification of the vans, but not of the people inside.'
  7. 'The funeral director made a positive identification by a tattoo on Ray's arm of a hammerhead shark.'
  8. 'The woman was able to provide a positive identification of the pair of teens, who were charged with theft.'
  9. 'You need someone who has the actual expertise to confirm positive identification.'
  10. 'The rate of offending for street crime is down by 19 per cent, a very positive decrease that is down to a lot of hard work and effort.'
  11. 'As yet there is no positive evidence for this theory, but if modified a little it is attractive.'
  12. 'She hated him, that was very certain and she grew more and more positive of this fact as the next few days passed.'
  13. 'I've learnt a huge amount from Geoff since we contested the Cambrian Rally and I'm very positive that we can have an excellent year.'
  14. 'I am positive that the band would sell thousands of records with numerous sold out tours if they were American.'
  15. 'I was almost positive that enlisted men were not supposed to speak to their betters in such a familiar manner.'
  16. 'My bets are on number three to win, and I'm almost positive that she will!'
  17. 'I was lucky that time, but I was positive I would not be so lucky this time.'
  18. 'Makaab said Mbesuma had been training hard and that he was determined and positive of succeeding in European football.'
  19. 'I'm positive I'll go back and ski there again.'
  20. 'I told them I was positive of who it was, they didn't have to worry about it.'
  21. 'I am positive that my theory is correct, so I don't think I would ever bother to find any evidence to support it.'
  22. 'I had an Iron Maiden Tshirt, despite having no affinity for the Maiden at all, and, in fact, a positive disdain.'
  23. 'Some theologians have a positive genius for cloaking sensible ideas in impenetrable jargon.'
(of a quantity) greater than zero.
  1. 'All positive whole numbers are either primes or they can be uniquely decomposed into a product of primes.'
  2. 'This is an alternative derivation of Newton's method for finding square roots of positive numbers.'
  3. 'Any and every G sequence which eventually has only positive numbers occurs as a row in this array.'
  4. 'He also worked on number theory proving in 1770 that every positive integer is the sum of four squares.'
Containing, producing, or denoting an electric charge opposite to that carried by electrons.
  1. 'At least one of the positive and negative high voltage power supplies switches between a high state and a low state.'
  2. 'The atom that loses electrons gains a positive charge, becoming a cation.'
  3. 'It contains both positive and negative charges, but its net charge is positive.'
  4. 'While studying streams of ionized gas Wien, in 1898, identified a positive particle equal in mass to the hydrogen atom.'
  5. 'Acidic lipids enhance the adsorption of positive ions due to their negative charge.'
  6. 'There is a net positive charge - there are more protons in the nucleus than electrons surrounding it.'
(of a photographic image) showing lights and shades or colours true to the original.
  1. 'This kind of photograph is a unique positive picture produced on a thin sheet of iron blackened by tar.'
  2. 'In fact, there are two copies of that issue in the bound volumes - one cover features a positive shot, the other a negative one.'
Denoting the primary degree of an adjective or adverb, which expresses simple quality without qualification.
    Dealing only with matters of fact and experience; not speculative or theoretical.
    1. 'There is, furthermore, the second, positive Nietzschean understanding of a necessary distance between the sexes.'
    2. 'In other words, it attempts to form a positive conception of noumena.'
    Relating to or denoting any of the air or fire signs, considered active in nature.


      A desirable or constructive quality or attribute.
      1. 'to manage your way out of recession, accentuate the positive'
      2. 'I suggest we start to look for the positive in this planned wind farm.'
      3. 'The mid - term evaluation asked students, in an open-ended format, to relate the positives and negatives of each course they are taking that semester.'
      4. 'But for me there have been more positives than negatives in the arrangement and I don't think I'm so unique as to be the only farmer able to say that.'
      5. 'But before we get to those little things let's concentrate on the positive.'
      6. 'All the health information has a definite bias towards the positive.'
      7. 'With Thierry Henry close to signing a new contract, however, Wenger is at pains to keep accentuating the positive.'
      8. 'Wiping the dirt from her face, she stopped to take a break and focus on the positive.'
      9. '‘The positives far outweigh the negatives, but if there is a drawback, it is the traveling,’ says Serlenga.'
      10. 'It's important to dwell on the positive in life, because tragedy lurks around the corner.'
      11. 'But seeing the best in them is different - you concentrate on the positive rather than what's lacking.'
      A positive photographic image, especially one printed from a negative.
      1. 'In this process I first make a contact interpositive and then an enlarged negative from the contact positive.'
      2. 'It has a built-in transparency adapter, so it can scan 35 mm photo negatives and positives (slides).'
      A result of a test or experiment indicating that a certain substance or condition is present or exists.
      1. 'Use of an internal probe did not completely eliminate false positives or false negatives.'
      2. 'The proportion of test positives that are true positives is the positive predictive value of a test: an index of the test's precision.'
      3. 'A rare, lethal disease with painful treatment, on the other hand, requires a diagnostic tool with very few false positives and negatives.'
      4. 'The sensitivity of the test is the proportion of positives, corresponding to the positive result obtained by the standard test.'
      5. 'About 1.5x10 plaques were screened and five positives were detected, indicating that the clone was present at 0.003% of the total library.'
      6. 'Treatment would then be offered if tests are positives.'
      The part of an electric circuit that is at a higher electrical potential than another point designated as having zero electrical potential.
        A number greater than zero.
          An adjective or adverb in the positive degree.


            1. explicitly stated, stipulated, or expressed: a positive acceptance of the agreement.

            2. admitting of no question: positive proof.

            3. stated; express; emphatic: a positive denial.

            4. confident in opinion or assertion; fully assured: He is positive that he will win the contest.

            5. overconfident or dogmatic: The less he knows, the more positive he gets.

            6. without relation to or comparison with other things; not relative or comparative; absolute.

            7. Informal. down

            More examples(as adjective)

            "people can be positive on places."

            "people can be positive about outlooks."

            "people can be positive on stocks."

            "people can be positive on markets."

            "people can be positive about prospects."

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            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’.