positive

positive
pos|i|tive1 W2S2 [ˈpɔzıtıv US ˈpa:-] adj
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1¦(attitude)¦
2¦(good thing)¦
3¦(action)¦
4¦(support)¦
5¦(sure)¦
6¦(sign)¦
7¦(proof)¦
8¦(scientific test)¦
9¦(emphasis)¦
10¦(number)¦
11¦(electricity)¦
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[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: positif, from Latin positivus, from positus; POSITION1]
1.) ¦(ATTITUDE)¦
if you are positive about things, you are hopeful and confident, and think about what is good in a situation rather than what is bad
≠ ↑negative positive about
You've got to be more positive about your work.
positive attitude/approach/outlook etc
She's got a really positive attitude to life.
the power of positive thinking
' Think positive !' she advised herself.
2.) ¦(GOOD THING)¦
good or useful
≠ ↑negative
At least something positive has come out of the situation.
Write down all the positive things about your life.
The rural environment was having a positive effect on the children's health.
It's been a very positive experience for her.
TV can be a positive influence .
the positive contribution to the community made by many older people
It's been a difficult time but, on the positive side , I feel physically fine.
Women should be portrayed in a more positive light .
3.) ¦(ACTION)¦
if you take positive action, you do something definite in order to try and achieve something
We need to take positive steps to improve the situation of families in poverty.
Positive action was required.
It's a relief to know that something positive is being done.
4.) ¦(SUPPORT)¦
expressing support, agreement, or approval
≠ ↑negative
positive response/reaction
The response we've had from the public has been very positive.
We've had a lot of positive feedback from the people of this city.
positive about
Most people have been very positive about the show.
5.) ¦(SURE)¦ [not before noun]
very sure, with no doubt at all that something is right or true
= ↑certain positive (that)
Are you absolutely positive you locked the door?
'Are you sure about that?' 'Positive.'
6.) ¦(SIGN)¦
showing that something is likely to succeed or improve
The fact that he's breathing on his own again is a positive sign .
7.) ¦(PROOF)¦
positive proof/evidence/identification etc
proof etc that shows that there is no doubt that something is true
The witness made a positive identification.
8.) ¦(SCIENTIFIC TEST)¦
showing signs of the medical condition or chemical that is being looked for
≠ ↑negative
The test results came back positive.
athletes who had tested positive for banned substances
children who are HIV positive
9.) ¦(EMPHASIS)¦ [only before noun]
spoken used to emphasize how good or bad something is
= ↑total
The journey was a positive nightmare.
10.)¦(NUMBER)¦
technical a positive number is more than zero
≠ ↑negative
11.) ¦(ELECTRICITY)¦
technical having the type of electrical charge that is carried by ↑protons
≠ ↑negative
a positive charge
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COLLOCATES for sense 2
something positive
positive thing/aspect
positive effect/result/outcome
positive experience
be/have a positive influence (on somebody)
positive role model (=someone good or successful that people want to be like)
make a positive contribution (=do something good in a situation)
on the positive side/on a positive note (=used when saying what is good about a situation)
in a positive light (=showing the good things about something)
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positive 2
positive2 n
a quality or feature that is good or useful
≠ ↑negative
You can find positives in any situation.
Always emphasise the positive .

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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