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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Positive \Pos"i*tive\, a. [OE. positif, F. positif, L.
positivus. See Position.]
1. Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in
fact; real; actual; -- opposed to negative. "Positive
2. 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.
3. Definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly
expressed; -- opposed to implied; as, a positive
declaration or promise.
Positive words, that he would not bear arms against
King Edward's son. --Bacon.
4. 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. "'T is positive 'gainst all exceptions."
5. Prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by
arbitrary appointment; said of laws.
In laws, that which is natural bindeth universally;
that which is positive, not so. --Hooker.
6. Fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes,
overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; -- said of persons.
Some positive, persisting fops we know,
That, if once wrong, will needs be always. --Pope.
7. Having the power of direct action or influence; as, a
positive voice in legislation. --Swift.
8. (Photog.) 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.
(b) Hence, basic; metallic; not acid; -- opposed to
negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic
10. (Mach. & Mech.)
(a) 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.
(b) Designating, or pertaining to, a device giving a
to-and-fro motion; as, a positive dobby.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
11. (Vehicles) 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.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Positive crystals (Opt.), a doubly refracting crystal in
which the index of refraction for the extraordinary ray is
greater than for the ordinary ray, and the former is
refracted nearer to the axis than the latter, as quartz
and ice; -- opposed to negative crystal, or one in which
this characteristic is reversed, as Iceland spar,
Positive degree (Gram.), that state of an adjective or
adverb which denotes simple quality, without comparison or
relation to increase or diminution; as, wise, noble.
Positive electricity (Elec), the kind of electricity which
is developed when glass is rubbed with silk, or which
appears at that pole of a voltaic battery attached to the
plate that is not attacked by the exciting liquid; --
formerly called vitreous electricity; -- opposed to
Positive eyepiece. See under Eyepiece.
Positive law. See Municipal law, under Law.
Positive motion (Mach.), motion which is derived from a
driver through unyielding intermediate pieces, or by
direct contact, and not through elastic connections, nor
by means of friction, gravity, etc.; definite motion.
Positive philosophy. See Positivism.
(a) (Elec.) The pole of a battery or pile which yields
positive or vitreous electricity; -- opposed to
(b) (Magnetism) The north pole. [R.]
Positive quantity (Alg.), an affirmative quantity, or one
affected by the sign plus [+].
Positive rotation (Mech.), left-handed rotation.
Positive sign (Math.), the sign [+] denoting plus, or more,
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Positive \Pos"i*tive\, n.
1. That which is capable of being affirmed; reality. --South.
2. That which settles by absolute appointment.
3. (Gram.) The positive degree or form.
4. (Photog.) A picture in which the lights and shades
correspond in position with those of the original, instead
of being reversed, as in a negative. --R. Hunt.
5. (Elec.) The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance
or certainty etc.; "a positive attitude"; "the reviews
were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive
demand" [ant: negative, neutral]
2: persuaded of; very sure; "were convinced that it would be to
their advantage to join"; "I am positive he is lying"; "was
confident he would win" [syn: convinced(p), positive(p),
3: involving advantage or good; "a plus (or positive) factor"
[syn: plus, positive]
4: indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or
pathogen; "a positive pregnancy test" [syn: positive,
confirming] [ant: disconfirming, negative]
5: formally laid down or imposed; "positive laws" [syn:
6: impossible to deny or disprove; "incontrovertible proof of
the defendant's innocence"; "proof positive"; "an irrefutable
argument" [syn: incontrovertible, irrefutable,
7: of or relating to positivism; "positivist thinkers";
"positivist doctrine"; "positive philosophy" [syn:
positivist, positivistic, positive]
8: reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which
naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or
progress or onward motion; "positive increase in graduating
students" [ant: negative]
9: greater than zero; "positive numbers"
10: having a positive charge; "protons are positive" [syn:
positive, electropositive, positively charged]
11: marked by excessive confidence; "an arrogant and cocksure
materialist"; "so overconfident and impudent as to speak to
the queen"; "the less he knows the more positive he gets"
[syn: cocksure, overconfident, positive]
n 1: the primary form of an adjective or adverb; denotes a
quality without qualification, comparison, or relation to
increase or diminution [syn: positive, positive degree]
2: a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to
those of the original subject
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
371 Moby Thesaurus words for "positive":
Ditto copy, Photostat, Xerox, Xerox copy, absolute, accented,
accentuated, accordant, actual, admitting no exception,
affirmative, affirmatory, agreeable, agreeing, aidful, algorismic,
algorithmic, aliquot, all-out, answerable, apodictic, arbitrary,
arrant, arrogant, assertative, assertional, assertive, assured,
at one, auspicious, authentic, believing, beneficial, bigoted,
blind, blowup, blueprint, bound, cardinal, categorical, certain,
cheerful, classical, clear, clear and distinct, clear as day,
clear-cut, cocksure, coexistent, coexisting, coherent, coincident,
coinciding, commensurate, compatible, complete, complimentary,
conceited, conclusive, concordant, concurring, conducive,
confident, confirming, conformable, congenial, congruent,
congruous, consentaneous, consentient, consistent, consonant,
constructive, consummate, contact print, contact printing,
contributory, convinced, convincing, cooperating, cooperative,
correspondent, corresponding, crass, cyanotype, de facto, deaf,
decided, decimal, decisive, declarative, declaratory, definite,
definitive, despotic, determinate, determined, devout, dictatorial,
differential, digital, doctrinaire, doctrinarian, dogmatic,
dogmatizing, doubtless, downright, egregious, emphasized, emphatic,
en rapport, encouraging, energetic, enlargement, enthusiastic,
entire, equivalent, even, explicit, exponential, express, factual,
faithful, favorable, fideistic, figural, figurate, figurative,
final, finite, firm, fixed, flagrant, flat, flat-out, for real,
forceful, forcible, fractional, functional, furthersome, genuine,
glaring, global, glossy, good for, gross, hard, hard-nosed,
harmonious, hectograph copy, helpful, historical, hologram,
honest-to-God, hubristic, imaginary, impair, imperious, implicit,
impossible, impress, impressed with, impression, in accord,
in agreement, in rapport, in red letters, in sync,
in synchronization, inaccordance, inappealable, incontestable,
incontrovertible, indisputable, indubitable, ineluctable,
inevitable, infinite, inharmony, integral, intolerable, irrational,
irrefutable, italicized, lantern slide, like-minded, logarithmic,
logometric, matte, matter-of-fact, microcopy, microprint,
mimeograph copy, minus, necessary, negative, numeral, numerary,
numerative, numeric, obdurate, obstinate, odd, of a piece,
of like mind, of one mind, offprint, on all fours, opinionated,
opinionative, opinioned, optimistic, oracular, ordinal,
out-and-out, outright, overconfident, oversure, overweening, pair,
peremptory, perfect, perfectly sure, persuaded, persuasive,
photocopy, photograph, photogravure, photostatic copy, pietistic,
pigheaded, pious, pistic, plus, pointed, poised, pompous,
pontifical, positivistic, possible, practical, pragmatical,
precious, predestined, predetermined, predicational, predicative,
prime, print, productive, profitable, profound,
projection printing, promising, pronounced, pronunciative, proof,
proper, propitious, proportionate, proud, punctuated, radical,
rank, rational, real, realistic, reasonable, reassured, reassuring,
reciprocal, reconcilable, regular, reliable, remedial, reprint,
round, salutary, satisfied, secure, self-assured, self-confident,
self-consistent, self-important, self-opinionated, self-opinioned,
self-reliant, semi-matte, serviceable, shattering, sheer, shocking,
slide, sold on, sound, specific, stark, stark-staring, starred,
stat, straight, straight-out, stressed, stubborn, submultiple,
substantial, superlative, supportive, surd, sure, sure-enough,
surpassing, symbiotic, synchronized, synchronous, the veriest,
therapeutic, thorough, thoroughgoing, total, transcendental,
transparency, true, unafraid, unambiguous, unanimous, unbearable,
uncircumscribed, unconditional, unconditioned, unconscionable,
uncontestable, uncontested, undeniable, under the impression,
underlined, underscored, undoubtful, undoubting, unequivocal,
unfaltering, unhampered, unhesitating, uniform, unisonant,
unisonous, univocal, unlimited, unmistakable, unmitigated,
unpersuadable, unqualified, unquestionable, unquestioned,
unquestioning, unrelieved, unreserved, unrestricted, unspoiled,
unwaivable, unwavering, upbeat, useful, utilitarian, utter,
veritable, whole, without exception, without reserve, yes
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
POSITIVE. Express; absolute; not doubtful. This word is frequently used in
2. A positive condition is where the thing which is the subject of it
must happen; as, if I marry. It is opposed to a negative condition, which is
where the thing which is the subject of it must not happen; as, if I do not
3. A positive fraud is the intentional and successful employment of any
cunning, deception or artifice, to circumvent, cheat, or deceive another. 1
Story, Eq. Sec. 186; Dig. 4, 3, 1, 2; Dig. 2, 14, 7, 9. It is cited in
opposition to constructive fraud. (q.v.)
4. Positive evidence is that which, if believed, establishes the truth
or falsehood of a fact in issue, and does not arise from any presumption. It
is distinguished from circumstantial evidence. 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3057.
From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :
POSITIVE, adj. Mistaken at the top of one's voice.
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