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"positive" in British English

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positiveadjective

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 (COMPLETE)

[before noun] (used to add force to an expression) complete: Far from being a nuisance, she was a positive joy to have around.
  • positive adjective (ELECTRICITY)

being the type of electrical charge that is carried by protons
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  • positive adjective (BLOOD TYPE)

having the rhesus factor in the blood: My blood type is O positive.
positiveness
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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positiveadjective

 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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positiveadjective

uk   us   /ˈpɒzətɪv/
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: a positive approach/assessment/attituderemain 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.
positively
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react/respond positively to sth Financial markets reacted positively to the news.

positivenoun [C or S]

uk   us   /ˈpɒzətɪv/
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.
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(Definition of positive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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