What does "Positive" mean?


(a.) 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 (a.) Definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed; -- opposed to implied; as, a positive declaration or promise (a.) 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 (a.) Electro-positive (a.) Fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes, overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; -- said of persons (a.) Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in fact; real; actual; -- opposed to negative (a.) Having the power of direct action or influence; as, a positive voice in legislation (a.) Hence, basic; metallic; not acid; -- opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals (a.) 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 (a.) Prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by arbitrary appointment; said of laws (n.) A picture in which the lights and shades correspond in position with those of the original, instead of being reversed, as in a negative (n.) That which is capable of being affirmed; reality (n.) That which settles by absolute appointment (n.) The positive degree or form (n.) The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell

Synonyms bold, plus, enthusiastic, confident, optimistic, formal, affirmative, constructive, advantageous, favorable, prescribed, incontrovertible, convinced, cocksure, irrefutable, undeniable, confirming, overconfident, positivist, positivistic, electropositive, affirmatory

Example: "A positive attitude" Example: "Positive numbers" Example: "A positive pregnancy test" Example: "Protons are positive" Example: "Positive laws" Example: "A plus (or positive) factor" Example: "A positive answer" Example: "Positive philosophy" Example: "The less he knows the more positive he gets" Example: "Proof positive"

Word Family positively, positives, positivism, positivist, positivistic, positivists, positivity