Definition of POSITIVE


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pos·​i·​tive | ˈpä-zə-tivHow to pronounce positive (audio), ˈpäz-tiv

1a : formally laid down or imposed : prescribed positive laws

b : expressed clearly or peremptorily her answer was a positive no

c : fully assured : confident positive it was her book

2a : of, relating to, or constituting the degree of comparison that is expressed in English by the unmodified and uninflected form of an adjective or adverb and denotes no increase or diminution

b(1) : independent of changing circumstances : unconditioned an insurance policy with positive coverage

(2) : relating to or constituting a motion or device that is definite, unyielding, constant, or certain in its action a positive system of levers

3a : not fictitious : real positive social tensions

b : active and effective in social or economic function rather than merely maintaining peace and order a positive government

4a : indicating, relating to, or characterized by affirmation, addition, inclusion, or presence rather than negation, withholding, or absence took the positive approach and struck a new deal rather than canceling the contract

b : having rendition of light and shade similar in tone to the tones of the original subject a positive photographic image

c : contributing toward or characterized by increase or progression take some positive action positive cash flow

d : directed or moving toward a source of stimulation a positive taxis

e : real and numerically greater than zero +2 is a positive integer

5a(1) : being, relating to, or charged with electricity of which the proton is the elementary unit and which predominates in a glass body after being rubbed with silk

(2) : having more protons than electrons a positive ion

b(1) : having higher electric potential and constituting the part from which the current flows to the external circuit the positive terminal of a discharging storage battery

(2) : being an electron-collecting electrode of an electron tube

6a : marked by or indicating acceptance, approval, or affirmation received a positive response

b : affirming the presence especially of a condition, substance, or organism suspected to be present a positive test for blood also : having a test result indicating the presence especially of a condition, substance, or organism HIV positive

7 of a lens : converging light rays and forming a real inverted image

8a : having a good effect : favorable a positive role model

b : marked by optimism the positive point of view

: something positive: such as

a(1) : the positive degree of comparison in a language

(2) : a positive form of an adjective or adverb

b : something of which an affirmation can be made : reality

c : a positive photograph or a print from a negative

d : a positive result (as of a test) also : a test yielding such a result

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Adjective The book had a positive influence on me. He has been a positive role model for his brother. Nothing positive came out of that experience. What are some of the positive things about your job? The low unemployment rate is a positive sign for the economy. The company took positive steps to create a safer workplace. You’ve got to have a positive attitude to do well in life. You should try to be more positive about the whole situation. On the positive side, you will be making more money. To end on a positive note, we are seeing an increase in sales this month. Noun The positives of living in the city include access to public transportation and many interesting restaurants. The test showed a positive.

See MoreRecent Examples on the Web: Adjective At least 41 Filipino crew members have testedpositive for the virus. — Hillary Leung, Time, “As Passengers Leave Coronavirus-Stricken Cruise Ship, Crew Members Are Moving Into Their Cabins for a Second Quarantine,” 19 Feb. 2020 At least 540 people on board have testedpositive for the virus Want to receive the Morning Rundown in your inbox? —NBC News, “Morning Rundown: Dems set to clash in Nevada, Trump issues pardons, coronavirus latest,” 19 Feb. 2020 But except for the one patient, no one has testedpositive. — Stephanie Innes, azcentral, “Arizona’s only confirmed new coronavirus patient is still in isolation,” 19 Feb. 2020 On Tuesday, 88 people testedpositive; a day after 99 others were found to be infected. —Anchorage Daily News, “Passengers’ release from quarantined cruise ship in Japan alarms foreign governments,” 19 Feb. 2020 More than 620 people on the ship have testedpositive for novel coronavirus, making the ship, which has been docked off the coast of Japan, the largest center of coronavirus infection outside of China. — Erin Schumaker, ABC News, “Japanese expert who sneaked onto Diamond Princess cruise ship describes ‘zero infection control’ for coronavirus,” 19 Feb. 2020 There are now 15 cases of coronavirus that had testedpositive nationally, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. —cleveland, “6 people in Ohio have tested negative for COVID-19 coronavirus,” 18 Feb. 2020 As of Monday, a total of 454 passengers and crew members have testedpositive for the virus, and most of them have disembarked. — Anna Fifield, Washington Post, “Live updates: China coronavirus cases will plateau, expert predicts, as Diamond Princess evacuation proceeds,” 18 Feb. 2020 Hawaiian state health officials say the couple, who are in their 60s, were in Hawaii from Jan. 28 to Feb. 7 and testedpositive after being hospitalized in Japan. — Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, “Airlines, officials trace path of couple diagnosed with coronavirus that flew from Hawaii,” 18 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There were plenty ofpositives for Jacob in Warsaw. — Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, “A child slave. Homeless. Deaf. How one Indiana wrestler makes no excuses on way to state,” 20 Feb. 2020 This can’t be the way baseball wanted its season to start, focusing on so many negatives while missing so many of thepositives. — Tara Sullivan,, “Have you heard about baseball’s proposed playoff tweak? Wonder why league officials are leaking it now . . .,” 15 Feb. 2020 Given the ease with which PCR can amplify rare sequences, this can create the risk of hordes of falsepositives. — John Timmer, Ars Technica, “How do we test for coronavirus, anyway?,” 3 Feb. 2020 The committee is also expected to discuss a December National Institute of Standards Technology study, which found that facial recognition algorithms had higher rates of falsepositives for people of color relative to white faces. —Washington Post, “The Technology 202: Facial recognition gets another look on Capitol Hill today from skeptical lawmakers,” 14 Jan. 2020 When combined with the standard screening, DNA testing did reduce the number of falsepositives, however. — Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, “23 and Baby,” 24 Dec. 2019 The Gophers’ red zone defense has been one of the team’s worst statistical categories in a season full ofpositives, but Minnesota stepped up when it was needed most against the Nittany Lions. — Andy Greder, Twin Cities, “Urban Meyer has ‘lot of respect’ for Gophers defense in red zone,” 14 Nov. 2019 And memories of his wins in 1998, 2005, 2007, 2012 and last year providepositives to call upon. — Steve Dimeglio, Golfweek, “Phil Mickelson on U.S. Open bid: No to special exemption if he doesn’t qualify,” 5 Feb. 2020 Falsepositives can confuse researchers, compromising its own usefulness in detecting technosignatures. — Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, “AI Will Probably Trick Us Into Thinking We Found Aliens,” 2 Feb. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘positive.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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