positive - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [never before noun] completely certain
    positive (that):

    Are you positive that there’s been no mistake?

    positive about/of:

    We’d met before – I was positive about that.

    We’ll make money from this deal – I’m positive of that.

  2. 2
    believing that good things will happen or that a situation will get better

    a positive attitude

    Try to think positive thoughts.

    positive about:

    You have every reason to be positive about the future.

  3. 3
    showing agreement or approval

    The experiment is working well and feedback is very positive.

    We couldn’t be sure if her reaction would be positive.

  4. 4
    a positive experience, situation, result etc is a good one

    School was a totally positive experience for me.

    The positive aspects of parenthood are rarely written about.

    a positive result/outcome:

    An initiative to help homeless people is showing positive results.

    1. a.
      used about someone or something that encourages positive behaviour, attitudes etc

      a positive role model

      Students learn better in this positive environment.

  5. 5
    informal used for emphasizing how true, important etc something is

    The whole thing was a positive embarrassment.

  6. 6
    if you do something positive, you do something to try to improve a situation or to help someone rather than doing nothing

    You must be prepared to make a positive contribution to the business.

  7. 7
    showing that a situation is likely to improve

    The indications are positive that this year’s festival will be a success.

  8. 8
    a positive result in a medical test means that the person has the disease or condition that was tested for

    a positive diagnosis

    test positive (for something):

    The runner was suspended for two years after he tested positive for drugs.

  9. 9
    maths a positive number is higher than zero
  10. 10
    medical used for saying that someone’s blood contains a substance called Rhesus factor. You can say that someone is Rhesus positive or that their blood group is, for example, O positive or A positive.
  11. 11
    a positive image such as a photograph shows light and colours in the same way that the original image does
  12. 12
    physics with the same electrical charge as a proton