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Positive (a.) Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in fact; real; actual; -- opposed to negative.
Positive (a.) 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.
Positive (a.) Definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed; -- opposed to implied; as, a positive declaration or promise.
Positive (a.) 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.
Positive (a.) Prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by arbitrary appointment; said of laws.
Positive (a.) Fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes, overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; -- said of persons.
Positive (a.) Having the power of direct action or influence; as, a positive voice in legislation.
Positive (a.) 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.
Positive (a.) Electro-positive.
Positive (a.) Hence, basic; metallic; not acid; -- opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals.
Positive (n.) That which is capable of being affirmed; reality.
Positive (n.) That which settles by absolute appointment.
Positive (n.) The positive degree or form.
Positive (n.) A picture in which the lights and shades correspond in position with those of the original, instead of being reversed, as in a negative.
Positive (n.) The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.