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Dictionary definition for: Positive

1. (n) a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject

2. (a) characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.; "a positive attitude" "the reviews were all positive" "a positive benefit" "a positive demand"

3. (a) having a positive electric charge; "protons are positive"

4. (s) involving advantage or good; "a plus (or positive) factor"

5. (a) indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen; "a positive pregnancy test"

6. (s) formally laid down or imposed; "positive laws"

7. (s) impossible to deny or disprove; "incontrovertible proof of the defendant''s innocence" "proof positive" "an irrefutable argument"

8. (a) of or relating to positivism; "positivist thinkers" "positivist doctrine" "positive philosophy"

9. (s) greater than zero; "positive numbers"

10. (s) marked by excessive confidence; "an arrogant and cocksure materialist" "so overconfident and impudent as to speak to the queen" "the less he knows the more positive he gets"

11. (s) granting what has been desired or requested; "a favorable reply" "a positive answer"

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