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Meaning of “positive” - Learner’s Dictionary

positive

adjective     /ˈpɒzətɪv/
HAPPY B1 feeling happy about your life and your future: a positive attitude I'm feeling much more positive about things now.Hoping and hopefulnessPotential
ENCOURAGING B2 Something that is positive makes you feel better about a situation: We've shown people samples of the product and had a very positive response.Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiringHoping and hopefulnessPotential
CERTAIN [never before noun] B2 certain that something is true: "Are you sure you saw him?" "Absolutely positive." [+ (that)] I'm positive that I switched it off.CertaintyConfidence and self-assurance
PROOF [always before noun] showing without any doubt that something is true: positive proof CertaintyConfidence and self-assurance
MEDICAL TEST If a medical test is positive, it shows that the person being tested has a disease or condition: She did a pregnancy test and it was positive.General bodily disorders
NUMBER In mathematics, a positive number is greater than zero.Addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisionCalculations and calculatingNumbers generally
positive charge the electrical charge that is carried by protons (= parts of atoms) Electricity and electronics
(Definition of positive from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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