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positive

pos·i·tive

positive

 
 
pronunciation:
pa zih tihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: definite; certain.
He's positive that this is the right place.
synonyms:
certain, definite, sure
antonyms:
doubtful, uncertain
similar words:
assured, clear, cocksure, confident, tangible
definition 2: marked by or showing affirmation.
I didn't really expect a positive answer, so I was surprised when she said "yes."She got a positive result on her pregnancy test.
synonyms:
affirmative, confirmatory
antonyms:
negative
similar words:
clear, conclusive, decisive, definite, favorable, firm, unequivocal, unreserved
definition 3: desirable, advantageous.
The extra studying brought positive results.
synonyms:
beneficial, favorable, good
antonyms:
ill, negative, undesirable, unfavorable
definition 4: intending or likely to produce favorable results.
The mayor is truly making positive efforts to bring about reform.
synonyms:
constructive, salutary
similar words:
good, sanguine, useful
definition 5: approving or optimistic.
The client seemed to show a positive attitude toward our proposal.The professor made a number of positive comments on my paper.She felt quite positive after taking the exam and was fairly sure she would get a high score.
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antonyms:
negative, pessimistic
similar words:
good
definition 6: not relative; absolute.
I felt like a positive fool for asking that question.
synonyms:
absolute, complete, total, unqualified, utter
similar words:
actual, real, true
definition 7: of or pertaining to a quantity greater than zero. (Cf. negative.)
One is a positive number.
antonyms:
negative
definition 8: in photography, showing light, shade, and color in their natural way, in contrast to their inversion in a negative.
definition 9: of an electrical charge, opposite to that of an electron. (Cf.negative.)
antonyms:
negative
definition 10: in grammar, denoting the form of adjectives and adverbs that shows no comparison. (Cf. comparative, superlative.)
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something positive.
Having a college education is a positive for finding a job.
synonyms:
advantage, benefit, boon, plus
antonyms:
negative
similar words:
asset, gain, good, profit
definition 2: in photography, a positive print.
antonyms:
negative
similar words:
print
definition 3: a quantity greater than zero.
After a week of freezing weather, the temperature climbed back into the positives.
synonyms:
plus
antonyms:
negative
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