1 sure, certain, definite, unequivocal, categorical, absolute, unqualified, unambiguous, unmistakable or unmistakeable, clear-cut, clear, explicit, express, decisive, indisputable, indubitable, unquestionable, unquestioned, incontestable, uncontested, undeniable, reliable, persuasive, convincing, irrefutable:
The police have positive evidence that the men are innocent of any crime. Spending this evening with you has been a positive delight
2 definitive, emphatic, decided, forceful, firm, peremptory, definite:
He gave a positive denial when asked if he had agreed to let the hostages go. She made a positive commitment to meet me here at noon.
3 sure, certain, confident, convinced, satisfied:
Are you positive that the last train is at midnight?
4 beneficial, favourable, complimentary, productive, useful:
I heard many positive things about the way she handled herself at the interview
5 overconfident, dogmatic, doctrinaire, pontifical, opinionated, pigheaded, stubborn, obstinate, obdurate, arbitrary, overweening, arrogant, assertive, dictatorial, despotic, imperious, Rare thetic(al):
His problem is that he is quite positive about things that simply are not so
6 practical, realistic, utilitarian, productive, functional, pragmatic(al), realistic, matter-of-fact, Colloq hard-nosed:
They have taken a positive approach to studying the economics of small businesses.
7 encouraging, supportive, constructive, reassuring, enthusiastic, favourable, affirmative, yes, confirming:
Our plan to buy out the company has received a positive reaction from our bankers. Asked if they would buy our product, businessmen gave a positive response
8 auspicious, promising, propitious, encouraging; optimistic, favourable, cheerful, confident; Colloq bullish, upbeat:
In the long run, the picture for home-owners looks positive. It pays to maintain a positive outlook and not get depressed
9 complete, utter, total, perfect, out-and-out, consummate, unmitigated, thorough, thoroughgoing; egregious, glaring, stark, sheer, outright, unqualified, unequivocal:
You were a positive idiot not to let me know you needed help. All attempts at reconciliation ended in positive disaster.
be, seem, sound
I'm absolutely positive it was him.
She seemed fairly positive about it.
Are you positive of your facts?
2 hopeful and confident/encouraging
appear, be, feel, seem, sound | remain
distinctly, extremely, highly, overwhelmingly, really, very
He took a highly positive view of the matter.
| entirely, wholly | fairly, mildly, moderately, quite | broadly, essentially, generally | apparently, seemingly
sounding very positive about his chances
3 showing that sth has happened/is present
be, prove, test
The test proved positive.
He tested positive for HIV.
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