Meaning of POSITIVE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ pɒzɪtɪv ]

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If you are positive about things, you are hopeful and confident, and think of the good aspects of a situation rather than the bad ones.

Be positive about your future and get on with living a normal life...

...a positive frame of mind.

≠ negative

ADJ : usu v-link ADJ , oft ADJ about n

• posi‧tive‧ly

You really must try to start thinking positively.

ADV : ADV after v


A positive fact, situation, or experience is pleasant and helpful to you in some way.

The parting from his sister had a positive effect on John...

≠ negative

ADJ : usu ADJ n

The positive in a situation is the good and pleasant aspects of it.

Work on the positive, creating beautiful, loving and fulfilling relationships.

≠ negative

N-SING : the N


If you make a positive decision or take positive action, you do something definite in order to deal with a task or problem.

Having a good diet gives me a sense that I’m doing something positive and that I’m in control.

ADJ : usu ADJ n


A positive response to something indicates agreement, approval, or encouragement.

There’s been a positive response to the UN Secretary-General’s recent peace efforts.

≠ negative

ADJ : usu ADJ n

• posi‧tive‧ly

He responded positively and accepted the fee of £1000 I had offered.

ADV : ADV after v


If you are positive about something, you are completely sure about it.

I’m as positive as I can be about it...

‘She’s never late. You sure she said eight?’—‘Positive.’

ADJ : v-link ADJ


Positive evidence gives definite proof of the truth or identity of something.

There was no positive evidence that any birth defects had arisen as a result of Vitamin A intake.

= conclusive


• posi‧tive‧ly

He has positively identified the body as that of his wife.

ADV : ADV with v


If a medical or scientific test is positive , it shows that something has happened or is present.

If the test is positive, a course of antibiotics may be prescribed...

He was stripped of his Olympic Hundred Metres gold medal after testing positive for steroids.

≠ negative

HIV positive: see HIV



A positive number is greater than zero.

It’s really a simple numbers game with negative and positive numbers.

≠ negative



If something has a positive electrical charge, it has the same charge as a proton and the opposite charge to an electron. ( TECHNICAL )

≠ negative

ADJ : usu ADJ n

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