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English definition of “positive”


adjective [before noun] (COMPLETE)    /ˈpɒz.ə.tɪv/ US  /ˈpɑː.zə.t̬ɪv/
(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
(Definition of positive adjective (COMPLETE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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