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Definitions of positive

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. persuaded of; very sure; "were convinced that it would be to their advantage to join"; "I am positive he is lying"; "was confident he would win" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (medicine) indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen; "a positive pregnancy test" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. having a positive electric charge; "protons are positive" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. granting what has been desired or requested; "a favorable reply"; "a positive answer" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. impossible to deny or disprove; "incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence"; "proof positive"; "an irrefutable argument" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. involving advantage or good; "a plus (or positive) factor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. formally laid down or imposed; "positive laws" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.; "a positive attitude"; "the reviews were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive demand" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. (mathematics) greater than zero; "positive numbers" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. greater than zero; "positive numbers" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen; "a positive pregnancy test" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Designating, or pertaining to, a device giving a to-and-fro motion; as, a positive dobby. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in fact; real; actual; -- opposed to negative. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. Definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed; -- opposed to implied; as, a positive declaration or promise. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. Prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by arbitrary appointment; said of laws. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. Fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes, overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; -- said of persons. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. Having the power of direct action or influence; as, a positive voice in legislation. Newage Dictionary DB
  24. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  25. Electro-positive. Newage Dictionary DB
  26. Hence, basic; metallic; not acid; -- opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals. Newage Dictionary DB
  27. That which is capable of being affirmed; reality. Newage Dictionary DB
  28. That which settles by absolute appointment. Newage Dictionary DB
  29. The positive degree or form. Newage Dictionary DB
  30. A picture in which the lights and shades correspond in position with those of the original, instead of being reversed, as in a negative. Newage Dictionary DB
  31. The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell. Newage Dictionary DB
  32. Positiveness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. Clearly expressed; leaving no doubt; actual; as, positive proof; confident; as, I am positive that this is so; strongly assertive; as, a positive manner; not negative; noting the simple form of an adjective; as, positive degree; in mathematics, reckoned as more than zero; as, a positive quantity; denoting that pole of a magnet which attracts; denoting one kind of electricity, or one end of an electric source:. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  34. In mathematics, electricity, etc., that which is opposite to a negative. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  35. Positively. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. Sign +. (1) Affirmative, definite, not negative. (2) In laboratory technique, noting the occurrence of the reaction. (3) In diagnosis, noting that examination reveals the presence of an abnormal condition. (4) In postmortem examinations, noting that pathological changes are present. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  37. Definitely placed or laid down: clearly expressed: actual: not admitting any doubt or qualification: decisive: settled by arbitrary appointment: dogmatic: fully assured: certain: (gram.) noting the simple form of an adjective: (math.) to be added. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  38. That which is placed or laid down: that which may be affirmed: reality. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  39. Actual; certain; real; absolute; assured. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  40. Real; actual. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. Absolute; unquestionable; confident; decided. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  42. That which is sure; reality; a photograph having the lights and shade of the real object. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  43. Expressed; explicit; absolute; express; real or existing in fact: direct; confident; dogmatic; over-confident; settled by arbitrary appointment; having power to act directly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  44. What is capable of being affirmed; reality; the positive degree; a picture with the natural lights and shades restored. Positive degree, the simple state of an adjective. Positive philosophy, positivism. Positive quantity, an allirmative quantity, or one to be added. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  45. Not admitting any condition or discretion; opposed to negative; absolute; direct; explicit; not implied; real; over-confident in opinion or assertion; dogmatical; affirmative; settled by arbitrary appointment; very certain; in gram., applied to the state of an adjective, without any increase or diminution in its signification, indicated by a change in the form or termination. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  46. That which is capable of being affirmed; reality; a word which affirms or asserts existence. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  47. Laid down, enacted, or prescribed. Express or affirmative. Direct, ab- solute, explicit. As to positive "Condition," "Evidence," "Fraud," "Proof," and "Servitude," see those titles. thelawdictionary.org
  48. poz'i-tiv, adj. definitely placed or laid down: clearly expressed: really existing: actual: not admitting of any doubt or qualification: decisive: settled by distinct appointment: arbitrarily prescribed, laid down--opp. to Natural: too confident in opinion: fully assured: certain: (gram.) noting the simple form of an adjective--as Positive degree of comparison: (math.) greater than zero, to be added, as Positive quantity: (phot.) having the lights and shades in the picture the same as in the original, instead of being reversed: (electr.) having a relatively high potential--opp. to Negative (q.v.).--n. that which is placed or laid down: that which may be affirmed: reality: a positive picture--opp. to Negative.--adv. POS'ITIVELY.--ns. POS'ITIVENESS, state or quality of being positive: certainty: confidence; POS'ITIVISM, actual or absolute knowledge; POS'ITIVIST, a believer in positivism.--POS'ITIVISM, POSITIVE PHILOSOPHY, the philosophical system originated by Comte (1798-1857)--its foundation the doctrine that man can have no knowledge of anything but phenomena, and that the knowledge of phenomena is relative, not absolute. [Fr.,--L. positivus, fixed by agreement--pon[)e]re, to place.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  49. Formally laid down, artificially instituted, (opp. to natural), as p. laws; explicitly laid down, definite, admitting no question, as p. assertion, have no p. proof, here is proof p.; (of person) convinced, confident in opinion, cocksure; (Gram.) p. (degree of) adjective, primary form expressing simple quality without comparison (cf. COMPARATIVE, SUPERLATIVE); absolute, not relative; (colloq.) downright, out-&-out, as he is a p. nuisance; dealing only with matters of fact, practical, as p. philosophy; marked by presence, not absence, of qualities (cf. NEGATIVE); (Alg., of quantity) greater than zero (cf. NEGATIVE), p. sign (+); tending in the direction naturally or arbitrarily taken as that of increase or progress, as clockwise rotation is p.; p. electricity (of the kind produced by rubbing glass with silk, vitreous); p. pole, (of magnet) north-seeking pole, (of earth) south pole; (Photog.) showing lights& shades as seen in nature; p. organ, small (orig. portable) organ used to supplement large one in church; (n.) p. degree, adjective, quantity, &c. Hence positively adv., positiveness, positivity, nn. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  50. A photograph corresponding in its lights and shades with the original, instead of their being reversed as in a negative. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  51. n. Reality ;-that which settles by absolute appointment ;-a word that affirms or asserts . existence ;-a picture corresponding in its lights and shades with the original, instead of being reversed. Cabinet Dictionary

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