›good or useful: Net exports were making a strong positive contribution to western European economic growth.a positive development/moveIn general, this is a positive development for consumers because it increases convenience and choice.a positive aspect/effect/impactThese measures should have positive effects on exports and employment.a positive outcome/resultSuch methods do achieve positive results when certain key conditions are in place. → Comparenegativeadjective
›expressing agreement or support: positive feedback/a positive responseThe response to the marketing campaign has been extremely positive. → Comparenegativeadjective
›relating to a number or an amount that is more than zero: a positive balanceThe current account has also posted positive balances and this trend will continue. → Comparenegativeadjective
›hopeful and confident about a situation: a positive approach/assessment/attituderemain positive about/on sthThe company remains positive on the outlook for high-yield bonds this year.On a more positive note, we're seeing signs that the housing market is picking up.positive news for/on sthpositive news on trading/for sterling → Comparenegativeadjective
›used to describe strong action that is taken to achieve something: Positive action has been taken to change the image of the company.a positive step toward sth/doing sthSome Wall Street analysts described the management shakeup as a positive step toward restoring the company's credibility.
positivelyadverb›react/respond positively to sthFinancial markets reacted positively to the news.