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Definition 1: a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject - [noun denoting artifact]

(positive is a kind of ...) photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies

(... is part of positive) a transparency mounted in a frame; viewed with a slide projector

Definition 2: the primary form of an adjective or adverb; denotes a quality without qualification, comparison, or relation to increase or diminution - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for positive in the sense of this definition

(positive is a kind of ...) a word that expresses an attribute of something

(positive is a kind of ...) a word that modifies something other than a noun

Definition 3: characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc. - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where positive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a positive attitude
  • the reviews were all positive
  • a positive benefit
  • a positive demand

(positive is similar to ...) expecting the best

"an affirmative outlook"

(positive is similar to ...) emphasizing what is laudable or hopeful or to the good

"constructive criticism"

(means also ...) affirming or giving assent

"an affirmative decision" "affirmative votes"

(means also ...) constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development

"constructive criticism" "a constructive attitude" "a constructive philosophy" "constructive permission"

(means also ...) expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds

"in an optimistic mood" "optimistic plans" "took an optimistic view"

(means also ...) furnishing support or assistance

"a supportive family network" "his family was supportive of his attempts to be a writer"

(... are attributes of positive) an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

"the quality of mercy is not strained"

Definition 4: indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where positive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a positive pregnancy test

Synonyms for positive in the sense of this definition

(positive is similar to ...) (of bacteria) being or relating to a bacterium that retains the violet stain used in Gram's method

(positive belongs to category ...) the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques

Definition 5: reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where positive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • positive increase in graduating students

Definition 6: of or relating to positivism - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where positive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • positivist thinkers
  • positivist doctrine
  • positive philosophy

Synonyms for positive in the sense of this definition

Definition 7: involving advantage or good - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where positive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a plus (or positive) factor

Synonyms for positive in the sense of this definition

(positive is similar to ...) giving an advantage

"a contract advantageous to our country" "socially advantageous to entertain often"

Definition 8: persuaded of; very sure - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where positive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • were convinced that it would be to their advantage to join
  • I am positive he is lying
  • was confident he would win

Synonyms for positive in the sense of this definition

(positive is similar to ...) having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured

"felt certain of success" "was sure (or certain) she had seen it" "was very sure in his beliefs" "sure of her friends"

Definition 9: having a positive charge - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where positive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • protons are positive

Synonyms for positive in the sense of this definition

(positive is similar to ...) of a particle or body or system; having a net amount of positive or negative electric charge

"charged particles" "a charged battery"

Definition 10: marked by excessive confidence - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where positive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an arrogant and cocksure materialist
  • so overconfident and impudent as to speak to the queen
  • the less he knows the more positive he gets

Synonyms for positive in the sense of this definition

(positive is similar to ...) having or marked by confidence or assurance

"a confident speaker" "a confident reply" "his manner is more confident these days" "confident of fulfillment"

Definition 11: formally laid down or imposed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where positive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • positive laws

Synonyms for positive in the sense of this definition

(positive is similar to ...) being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)

"pay one's formal respects" "formal dress" "a formal ball" "the requirement was only formal and often ignored" "a formal education"

Definition 12: greater than zero - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where positive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • positive numbers

(positive is similar to ...) on the positive side or higher end of a scale

"a plus value" "temperature of plus 5 degrees" "a grade of C plus"

(positive belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

Definition 13: impossible to deny or disprove - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where positive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence
  • proof positive
  • an irrefutable argument

Synonyms for positive in the sense of this definition

(positive is similar to ...) not possible to deny

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