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Definition of Positive


  1. Designating, or pertaining to, a motion or device in which the movement derived from a driver, or the grip or hold of a restraining piece, is communicated through an unyielding intermediate piece or pieces; as, a claw clutch is a positive clutch, while a friction clutch is not.
  2. Designating, or pertaining to, a device giving a to-and-fro motion; as, a positive dobby.
  3. Designating a method of steering or turning in which the steering wheels move so that they describe concentric arcs in making a turn, to insure freedom from side slip or harmful resistance.
  4. Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in fact; real; actual; -- opposed to negative.
  5. Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute; -- opposed to relative; as, the idea of beauty is not positive, but depends on the different tastes individuals.
  6. Definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed; -- opposed to implied; as, a positive declaration or promise.
  7. Hence: Not admitting of any doubt, condition, qualification, or discretion; not dependent on circumstances or probabilities; not speculative; compelling assent or obedience; peremptory; indisputable; decisive; as, positive instructions; positive truth; positive proof.
  8. Prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by arbitrary appointment; said of laws.
  9. Fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes, overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; -- said of persons.
  10. Having the power of direct action or influence; as, a positive voice in legislation.
  11. Corresponding with the original in respect to the position of lights and shades, instead of having the lights and shades reversed; as, a positive picture.
  12. Electro-positive.
  13. Hence, basic; metallic; not acid; -- opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals.
  14. That which is capable of being affirmed; reality.
  15. That which settles by absolute appointment.
  16. The positive degree or form.
  17. A picture in which the lights and shades correspond in position with those of the original, instead of being reversed, as in a negative.
  18. The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
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Positive Translations

positive in Dutch is positief, constructief
positive in French is positif
positive in German is positiv
positive in Italian is positivo
positive in Portuguese is positivo
positive in Spanish is positivo
positive in Swedish is positiv