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English definition of “positive”

positive

adjective uk   /ˈpɒz.ə.tɪv/ us    /ˈpɑː.zə.t̬ɪv/

positive adjective (HOPEFUL)

B1 full of hope and confidence, or giving cause for hope and confidence: a positive attitude On a more positive note, we're seeing signs that the housing market is picking up. The past ten years have seen some very positive developments in East-West relations. There was a very positive response to our new design - people seemed very pleased with it.
Opposite
Hoping and hopefulnessPotential

positive adjective (CERTAIN)

B2 certain and without any doubt: [+ (that)] Are you positive (that) you saw me switch the iron off? "Are you sure it's okay for me to use your mother's car?" "Positive." "It was him - I saw him take it." "Are you positive about that?"Confidence and self-assuranceShowing arrogance and conceit

positive adjective (TEST RESULTS)

C2 (of a medical test) showing that a person has the disease or condition for which they are being tested: a positive pregnancy test He's HIV positive. She tested positive for hepatitis.
Opposite
General bodily disorders

positive adjective (COMPLETE)

[before noun] (used to add force to an expression) complete: Far from being a nuisance, she was a positive joy to have around.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions

positive adjective (ABOVE ZERO)

(of a number or amount) more than zero: Two is a positive number.
Opposite
Terms for numbers

positive adjective (ELECTRICITY)

being the type of electrical charge that is carried by protons
Opposite
Electricity and electronics

positive adjective (BLOOD TYPE)

having the rhesus factor in the blood: My blood type is O positive.The circulatory system and blood
positiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Confidence and self-assuranceShowing arrogance and conceit
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