Meaning of “positive” in the English Dictionary

"positive" in English

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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.

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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?"

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.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈpɒz.ə.tɪv.nəs/ us /ˈpɑː.zə.t̬ɪv.nəs/

(Definition of “positive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"positive" in American English

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us /ˈpɑz·ə·t̬ɪv/

positive adjective (CERTAIN)

without any doubt; certain:

I’m absolutely positive that he’s the man I saw.

positive adjective (HAPPY)

happy or hopeful, or giving cause for happiness or hope:

It’s important to have a positive attitude when you have a serious illness.

positive adjective (MEDICAL TEST)

[ not gradable ] (of a medical test) showing that the disease or condition for which the person is being tested does exist:

Her TB test was positive.

positive adjective (COMPLETE)

[ not gradable ] (used to add force to an expression) complete:

She was a positive joy to have around.

positive adjective (MORE THAN ZERO)

algebra [ not gradable ] (of a number or amount) more than zero:

Two is a positive number.

positive adjective (ELECTRICITY)

physics [ not gradable ] of the type of electrical charge that a proton has

(Definition of “positive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"positive" in Business English

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uk /ˈpɒzətɪv/ us

good or useful:

Net exports were making a strong positive contribution to western European economic growth.
a positive development/move In general, this is a positive development for consumers because it increases convenience and choice.
a positive aspect/effect/impact These measures should have positive effects on exports and employment.
a positive outcome/result Such methods do achieve positive results when certain key conditions are in place.

expressing agreement or support:

positive feedback/a positive response The response to the marketing campaign has been extremely positive.

relating to a number or an amount that is more than zero:

a positive balance The current account has also posted positive balances and this trend will continue.

hopeful and confident about a situation:

remain positive about/on sth The 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 sth positive news on trading/for sterling

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 sth Some Wall Street analysts described the management shakeup as a positive step toward restoring the company's credibility.

react/respond positively to sth Financial markets reacted positively to the news.

positivenoun [ C or S ]

uk /ˈpɒzətɪv/ us

a good aspect, situation, etc.:

Higher short-term rates that slow inflation are a positive, not a negative, for bonds.
a lot of/a number of/many positives
As an employer you should emphasize the positive to your employees continually.

(Definition of “positive” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)