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positive /'pɔzətiv/
  • tính từ
    • xác thực, rõ ràng
      • a positive proof: một chứng cớ rõ ràng
    • quả quyết, khẳng định, chắc chắn
      • to be positive about something: quả quyết về một cái gì
      • a positive answer: một câu trả lời khẳng định
    • tích cực
      • a positive factor: một nhân tố tích cực
    • tuyệt đối; (thông tục) hoàn toàn, hết sức
      • he is a positive nuisance: thằng cha hết sức khó chịu
    • (vật lý); (toán học); (nhiếp ảnh) dương
      • positive pole: cự dương
    • (thực vật học) chứng
      • positive philosophy: triết học thực chứng
    • (ngôn ngữ học) ở cấp nguyên (chưa so sánh...) (tĩnh từ, phó từ)
    • đặt ra, do người đặt ra
      • positive laws: luật do người đặt ra (đối lại với luật tự nhiên)
  • danh từ
    • điều xác thực, điều có thực
    • (nhiếp ảnh) bản dương
    • (ngôn ngữ học) cấp nguyên (của tĩnh từ, phó từ); tính từ ở cấp nguyên, phó từ ở cấp nguyên (chưa so sánh)
Concise Dictionary
positives'pɑzətɪv /'pɒz-
+a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject
+characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
+having a positive electric charge
+involving advantage or good
+indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen
+formally laid down or imposed
+impossible to deny or disprove
+of or relating to positivism
+reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion
+greater than zero
+marked by excessive confidence
+persuaded of; very sure

Thesaurus Dictionary
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.
Advanced English Dictionary
adjective, noun
+ adjective
feeling hopeful
1 ~ (about sth) thinking about what is good in a situation; feeling confident and hopeful: a positive attitude / outlook + the power of positive thought + She tried to be more positive about her new job. + On the positive side, profits have increased. + The report ended on a positive note.
effective / useful
2 directed at dealing with sth or producing a successful result: We must take positive steps to deal with the problem. + It will require positive action by all in the industry.
3 expressing agreement or support: We've had a very positive response to the idea.
4 good or useful: to make a positive contribution to a discussion + His family have been a very positive influence on him. + Overseas investment has had a positive effect on exports.
sure / definite
5 [not before noun] ~ (about sth)
~ (that ...) (of a person) completely sure that sth is correct or true: I can't be positive about what time it happened. + She was positive that he had been there. + 'Are you sure?' 'Positive.'
6 [only before noun] (informal) complete and definite: He has a positive genius for upsetting people. + It was a positive miracle that we survived.
7 giving clear and definite proof or information: We have no positive evidence that she was involved. + (formal) This is proof positive that he stole the money.
scientific test
8 showing clear evidence that a particular substance or medical condition is present: a positive pregnancy test + The athlete tested positive for steroids. + to be HIV positive
number / quantity
9 greater than zero
10 (technical) containing or producing the type of electricity that is carried by a PROTON: a positive charge + the positive terminal of a battery
+ noun
good quality
1 [C, U] a good or useful quality or aspect: Take your weaknesses and translate them into positives. + To manage your way out of recession, accentuate the positive.
in photography
2 [C] (technical) a developed photographic film showing light and dark areas and colours as they actually were, especially one printed from a NEGATIVE
result of test
3 [C] the result of a test or an experiment that shows that a substance or condition is present
Collocation Dictionary

1 certain


be, seem, sound


absolutely, quite
I'm absolutely positive it was him.
| fairly


She seemed fairly positive about it.
| of
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.


strongly, weakly
(both technical)


He tested positive for HIV.

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