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Main Entry: 1pos·i·tive
Pronunciation: päz-t-iv, päz-tiv
Function: adjective 1 a: clearly or definitely stated <positive orders> b: filled with confidence : CERTAIN <were positive we would win> 2: of, relating to, or having the form of an adjective or adverb that shows no degree of comparison 3 a: having or showing real existence or activity <positive change in temperature> b: having the light and dark areas the same as in the original subject <a positive photographic image> c: being numerically greater than zero <+2 is a positive number> d: reckoned or proceeding in a direction taken as that of increase or progress e: directed or moving toward the source of a stimulus <a positive tropism> 4 a: of, being, or relating to electricity of which the proton is the smallest unit and which is produced in a glass rod rubbed with silk <a positive charge> b: charged with positive electricity : having a deficiency of electrons <a positive particle> c: being the part from which the current flows to the external circuit <the positive pole of a storage battery> d: electron-collecting -- used of an electrode in an electron tube 5 a: showing acceptance or approval <a positive answer to the question> b: showing the presence especially of a condition, substance, or living thing suspected to be present <the test for tuberculosis was positive> - pos·i·tive·ly /päz-t-iv-l, päz-tiv-l, päz--tiv-l/ adverb - pos·i·tive·nessnoun