Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun positive

2 senses of positive

Sense 1
positive, positive degree -- (the primary form of an adjective or adverb; denotes a quality without qualification, comparison, or relation to increase or diminution)
       => adjective -- (a word that expresses an attribute of something)
       => adverb -- (a word that modifies something other than a noun)

Sense 2
positive -- (a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject)
       => film, photographic film -- (photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies)

Antonyms of adj positive

10 of 11 senses of positive

Sense 1
positive (vs. negative) (vs. neutral) -- (characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.; "a positive attitude"; "the reviews were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive demand")

negative (vs. neutral) (vs. positive) -- (characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features; "a negative outlook on life"; "a colorless negative personality"; "a negative evaluation"; "a negative reaction to an advertising campaign")
        => antagonistic, counter -- (indicating opposition or resistance)
        => perverse -- (marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict; "took perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans")
neutral (vs. positive) (vs. negative) -- (possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics)
        => neutralized, neutralised -- (made neutral in some respect; deprived of distinctive characteristics)
        => viewless -- (not having or expressing opinions or views)

Sense 2
convinced (predicate), positive (predicate), confident (predicate) -- (persuaded of; very sure; "were convinced that it would be to their advantage to join"; "I am positive he is lying"; "was confident he would win")

INDIRECT (VIA certain, sure) -> uncertain, unsure, incertain -- (lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance; "uncertain of his convictions"; "unsure of himself and his future"; "moving with uncertain (or unsure) steps"; "an uncertain smile"; "touched the ornaments with uncertain fingers")
INDIRECT (VIA certain, sure) -> uncertain, unsure, incertain -- (lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance; "uncertain of his convictions"; "unsure of himself and his future"; "moving with uncertain (or unsure) steps"; "an uncertain smile"; "touched the ornaments with uncertain fingers")

Sense 3
plus, positive -- (involving advantage or good; "a plus (or positive) factor")

INDIRECT (VIA advantageous) -> disadvantageous -- (constituting a disadvantage)

Sense 4
positive (vs. negative), confirming -- (indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen; "a positive pregnancy test")

negative (vs. positive), disconfirming -- (not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition; "the HIV test was negative")
        => Gram-negative -- ((of bacteria) being of or relating to a bacterium that does not retain the violet stain used in Gram's method)

Sense 5
positive, prescribed -- (formally laid down or imposed; "positive laws")

INDIRECT (VIA formal) -> informal -- (not formal; "conservative people unaccustomed to informal dress"; "an informal free-and-easy manner"; "an informal gathering of friends")

Sense 6
incontrovertible, irrefutable, positive -- (impossible to deny or disprove; "incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence"; "proof positive"; "an irrefutable argument")

INDIRECT (VIA undeniable) -> deniable -- (capable of being denied or contradicted)

Sense 8
positive (vs. negative) -- (reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion; "positive increase in graduating students")

negative (vs. positive) -- (reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive; "negative interest rates")

Sense 9
positive -- (greater than zero; "positive numbers")

INDIRECT (VIA plus) -> minus -- (on the negative side or lower end of a scale; "minus 5 degrees"; "a grade of B minus")

Sense 10
positive, electropositive, positively charged -- (having a positive charge; "protons are positive")

INDIRECT (VIA charged) -> uncharged -- (of a particle or body or system; having no charge; "an uncharged particle"; "an uncharged battery")

Sense 11
cocksure, overconfident, positive -- (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")

INDIRECT (VIA confident) -> diffident, shy, timid, unsure -- (lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man")

Similarity of adj positive

11 senses of positive

Sense 1
positive (vs. negative) (vs. neutral) -- (characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.; "a positive attitude"; "the reviews were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive demand")
       => affirmative, optimistic -- (expecting the best; "an affirmative outlook")
       => constructive -- (emphasizing what is laudable or hopeful or to the good; "constructive criticism")
          Also See-> affirmative#1, affirmatory#1; constructive#1; optimistic#1; supportive#1

Sense 2
convinced (predicate), positive (predicate), confident (predicate) -- (persuaded of; very sure; "were convinced that it would be to their advantage to join"; "I am positive he is lying"; "was confident he would win")
       => certain (predicate) (vs. uncertain), sure (vs. unsure) -- (having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured; "felt certain of success"; "was sure (or certain) she had seen it"; "was very sure in his beliefs"; "sure of her friends")

Sense 3
plus, positive -- (involving advantage or good; "a plus (or positive) factor")
       => advantageous (vs. disadvantageous) -- (giving an advantage; "a contract advantageous to our country"; "socially advantageous to entertain often")

Sense 4
positive (vs. negative), confirming -- (indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen; "a positive pregnancy test")
       => Gram-positive -- ((of bacteria) being or relating to a bacterium that retains the violet stain used in Gram's method)

Sense 5
positive, prescribed -- (formally laid down or imposed; "positive laws")
       => formal (vs. informal) -- (being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress); "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education")

Sense 6
incontrovertible, irrefutable, positive -- (impossible to deny or disprove; "incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence"; "proof positive"; "an irrefutable argument")
       => undeniable (vs. deniable) -- (not possible to deny)

Sense 7
positivist, positivistic, positive -- (of or relating to positivism; "positivist thinkers"; "positivist doctrine"; "positive philosophy")

Sense 8
positive (vs. negative) -- (reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion; "positive increase in graduating students")

Sense 9
positive -- (greater than zero; "positive numbers")
       => plus (vs. minus) -- (on the positive side or higher end of a scale; "a plus value"; "temperature of plus 5 degrees"; "a grade of C plus")

Sense 10
positive, electropositive, positively charged -- (having a positive charge; "protons are positive")
       => charged (vs. uncharged) -- (of a particle or body or system; having a net amount of positive or negative electric charge; "charged particles"; "a charged battery")

Sense 11
cocksure, overconfident, positive -- (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")
       => confident (vs. diffident) -- (having or marked by confidence or assurance; "a confident speaker"; "a confident reply"; "his manner is more confident these days"; "confident of fulfillment")

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