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Positive meaning

positive - 20 dictionary results

  1. 1. greater than zero; " positive numbers"
  2. 2. indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen; " a positive pregnancy test"
  3. 3. Designating, or pertaining to, a motion or device in which the movement derived from a driver, or the grip or hold of a restraining piece, is communicated through an unyielding intermediate piece or pieces; as, a claw clutch is a positive clutch, while a friction clutch is not.
  4. 4. Designating, or pertaining to, a device giving a to- and- fro motion; as, a positive dobby.
  5. 5. Designating a method of steering or turning in which the steering wheels move so that they describe concentric arcs in making a turn, to insure freedom from side slip or harmful resistance.
  6. 6. Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in fact; real; actual; -- opposed to negative.
  7. 7. Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute; -- opposed to relative; as, the idea of beauty is not positive, but depends on the different tastes individuals.
  8. 8. Hence: Not admitting of any doubt, condition, qualification, or discretion; not dependent on circumstances or probabilities; not speculative; compelling assent or obedience; peremptory; indisputable; decisive; as, positive instructions; positive truth; positive proof.
  9. 9. Prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by arbitrary appointment; said of laws.
  10. 10. Fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes, overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; -- said of persons.
  11. 11. Having the power of direct action or influence; as, a positive voice in legislation.
  12. 12. Corresponding with the original in respect to the position of lights and shades, instead of having the lights and shades reversed; as, a positive picture.
  13. 13. Electro- positive.
  14. 14. Hence, basic; metallic; not acid; -- opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals.
  15. 15. That which is capable of being affirmed; reality.
  16. 16. That which settles by absolute appointment.
  17. 17. The positive degree or form.
  18. 18. A picture in which the lights and shades correspond in position with those of the original, instead of being reversed, as in a negative.
  19. 19. The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
  20. 20. Actual; certain; real; absolute; assured.

positive - examples of usage

  1. There is no positive distress, but there is just a sense that there are more hands about than necessary. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. " You're very positive," she said, laughing and looking at him. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. He was surprised himself at the positive way in which he spoke. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
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