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Main Entry: 1pos·i·tive
Pronunciation: primarystresspäz-schwat-iv, primarystresspäz-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 /primarystresspäz-schwat-iv-lemacron, primarystresspäz-tiv-lemacron, secondarystresspäz-schwa-primarystresstiv-lemacron/ adverb
- pos·i·tive·ness noun

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