1consisting in or characterized by the presence rather than the absence of distinguishing features.
expressing or implying affirmation, agreement, or permission:the company received a positive response from investors
(of the results of a test or experiment) indicating that a certain substance or condition is present or exists:a player had tested positive for cocaine use
[in combination] (of a person or their blood) having a specified substance or condition:HIV-positive
2constructive, optimistic, or confident:there needs to be a positive approach to young offendersadopt a positive outlook on life
showing progress or improvement:the prospects for positive growth in the economy do not look good
3with no possibility of doubt; definite:he made a positive identification of a glossy ibis
convinced in one’s opinion; certain:‘You are sure it was the same man?’ ‘Positive!’ said George
[attributive] informal downright; complete (used for emphasis):it’s a positive delight to see you
4(of a quantity) greater than zero.
5containing, producing, or denoting an electric charge opposite to that carried by electrons:each battery has a positive and negative terminal
6(of a photographic image) showing lights and shades or colours true to the original.
7 Grammar denoting the primary degree of an adjective or adverb, which expresses simple quality without qualification.Contrasted with comparative and superlative.
8chiefly Philosophy dealing only with matters of fact and experience; not speculative or theoretical.Compare with positivism (sense 1).
9 Astrology relating to or denoting any of the air or fire signs, considered active in nature.
1a desirable or constructive quality or attribute:take your weaknesses and translate them into positivesto manage your way out of recession, accentuate the positive
2a positive photographic image, especially one printed from a negative:the photographic process involves separate runs with the red, green, and blue separation positives
3a result of a test or experiment indicating that a certain substance or condition is present or exists:let us look at the distribution of those positives
4 [mass noun] the part of an electric circuit that is at a higher electrical potential than another point designated as having zero electrical potential:try linking the signal input directly to positive
5a number greater than zero.
6 Grammar an adjective or adverb in the positive degree.