Meaning of POSITIVE in English

POSITIVE

/ ˈpɒzətɪv; NAmE ˈpɑːz-/ adjective , noun

■ adjective

CONFIDENT

1.

positive (about sth) thinking about what is good in a situation; feeling confident and sure that sth good will happen :

a positive attitude / outlook

the power of positive thought

She tried to be more positive about her new job.

On the positive side , profits have increased.

The report ended on a positive note.

OPP negative

EFFECTIVE / USEFUL

2.

directed at dealing with sth or producing a successful result :

We must take positive steps to deal with the problem.

It will require positive action by all in the industry.

OPP negative

3.

expressing agreement or support :

We've had a very positive response to the idea.

OPP negative

4.

good or useful :

to make a positive contribution to a discussion

His family have been a very positive influence on him.

Overseas investment has had a positive effect on exports.

OPP negative

SURE / DEFINITE

5.

[ not before noun ] positive (about sth) | positive (that ... ) ( of a person ) completely sure that sth is correct or true :

I can't be positive about what time it happened.

She was positive that he had been there.

'Are you sure?' 'Positive.'

➡ note at sure

6.

[ only before noun ] ( informal ) complete and definite

SYN absolute :

He has a positive genius for upsetting people.

It was a positive miracle that we survived.

7.

giving clear and definite proof or information

SYN conclusive :

We have no positive evidence that she was involved.

( formal )

This is proof positive that he stole the money.

SCIENTIFIC TEST

8.

showing clear evidence that a particular substance or medical condition is present :

a positive pregnancy test

The athlete tested positive for steroids.

to be HIV positive

OPP negative

NUMBER / QUANTITY

9.

greater than zero

OPP negative

ELECTRICITY

10.

( technical ) containing or producing the type of electricity that is carried by a proton :

a positive charge

the positive terminal of a battery

OPP negative

■ noun

GOOD QUALITY

1.

[ C , U ] a good or useful quality or aspect :

Take your weaknesses and translate them into positives.

IN PHOTOGRAPHY

2.

[ C ] ( technical ) a developed film showing light and dark areas and colours as they actually were, especially one printed from a negative

RESULT OF TEST

3.

[ C ] the result of a test or an experiment that shows that a substance or condition is present

OPP negative

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : from Old French positif , -ive or Latin positivus , from posit- placed, from the verb ponere . The original sense referred to laws as being formally laid down , which led to the sense explicitly laid down and admitting no question , hence certain .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.