Meaning of POSITIVE in English


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


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

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

...a ~ frame of mind.

? negative

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


You really must try to start thinking ~ly.

ADV: ADV after v


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

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

? negative

ADJ: usu ADJ n

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

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

? negative

N-SING: the N


If you make a ~ decision or take ~ 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 ~ and that I’m in control.

ADJ: usu ADJ n


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

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

? negative

ADJ: usu ADJ n


He responded ~ly and accepted the fee of ?1000 I had offered.

ADV: ADV after v


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

I’m as ~ 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 ~ evidence that any birth defects had arisen as a result of Vitamin A intake.

= conclusive



He has ~ly identified the body as that of his wife.

ADV: ADV with v


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

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

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

? negative

HIV ~: see HIV



A ~ number is greater than zero.

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

? negative



If something has a ~ 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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