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Active vs. Positive

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Activeadjective

Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting;—opposed to passive, that receives.

‘certain active principles’; ‘the active powers of the mind’;

Positiveadjective

Not negative or neutral.

Activeadjective

Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble.

‘an active child or animal’;

Positiveadjective

(legal) Formally laid down.

Activeadjective

In action; actually proceeding; working; in force

‘active laws’; ‘active hostilities’;

Positiveadjective

Stated definitively and without qualification.

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Activeadjective

Being an active volcano. Compare extinct and dormant

Positiveadjective

Fully assured in opinion.

‘I’m absolutely positive you've spelt that wrong.’;

Activeadjective

Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy

‘an active man of business’; ‘active mind’; ‘active zeal’;

Positiveadjective

(mathematics) Of number, greater than zero.

Activeadjective

Requiring or implying action or exertion

‘active employment or service’; ‘active scenes’;

Positiveadjective

Characterized by constructiveness or influence for the better.

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Activeadjective

Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative

‘an active rather than a speculative statesman’;

Positiveadjective

Overconfident, dogmatic.

Activeadjective

Brisk; lively.

‘an active demand for corn’;

Positiveadjective

Actual, real, concrete, not theoretical or speculative.

Activeadjective

Implying or producing rapid action.

‘an active disease’; ‘an active remedy’;

Positiveadjective

(physics) Having more protons than electrons.

‘A cation is a positive ion as it has more protons than electrons.’;

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Activeadjective

About verbs.

Positiveadjective

(grammar) Describing the primary sense of an adjective, adverb or noun; not comparative, superlative, augmentative nor diminutive.

‘‘Better’ is an irregular comparative of the positive form ‘good’.’;

Activeadjective

Applied to a form of the verb; — opposed to passive. See active voice.

Positiveadjective

Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute.

‘The idea of beauty is not positive, but depends on the different tastes of individuals.’;

Activeadjective

Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.

Positiveadjective

Characterized by the existence or presence of distinguishing qualities or features, rather than by their absence.

‘The box was not empty – I felt some positive substance within it.’;

Activeadjective

Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.

Positiveadjective

Characterized by the presence of features which support a hypothesis.

‘The results of our experiment are positive.’;

Activeadjective

Capable of being processed by a compiler or interpreter.

Positiveadjective

(photography) Of a visual image, true to the original in light, shade and colour values.

‘A positive photograph can be developed from a photographic negative.’;

Activeadjective

(gay sexual slang) of a homosexual man enjoying a role in anal sex in which he penetrates, rather than being penetrated by his partner.

Positiveadjective

Favorable, desirable by those interested or invested in that which is being judged.

‘The first-night reviews were largely positive.’;

Activenoun

A person or thing that is acting or capable of acting.

Positiveadjective

Wholly what is expressed; colloquially downright, entire, outright.

‘Good lord, you've built up a positive arsenal of weaponry here.’;

Activeadjective

Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; - opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind.

Positiveadjective

Optimistic.

‘He has a positive outlook on life.’;

Activeadjective

Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.

‘Active and nervous was his gait.’;

Positiveadjective

(chemistry) electropositive

Activeadjective

In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; - opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano.

Positiveadjective

(chemistry) basic; metallic; not acid; opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals.

Activeadjective

Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; - opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal.

Positiveadjective

(slang) HIV positive.

Activeadjective

Requiring or implying action or exertion; - opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.

Positiveadjective

(New Age jargon) Good, desirable, healthful, pleasant, enjoyable; (often precedes 'energy', 'thought', 'feeling' or 'emotion').

Activeadjective

Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; - opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.

Positivenoun

A thing capable of being affirmed; something real or actual.

Activeadjective

Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.

Positivenoun

A favourable point or characteristic.

Activeadjective

Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy.

Positivenoun

Something having a positive value in physics, such as an electric charge.

Activeadjective

Applied to a form of the verb; - opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice.

Positivenoun

(grammar) A degree of comparison of adjectives and adverbs.

Activenoun

chemical agent capable of activity

Positivenoun

(grammar) An adjective or adverb in the positive degree.

Activenoun

the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb;

‘`The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice’;

Positivenoun

(photography) A positive image; one that displays true colors and shades, as opposed to a negative.

Activenoun

a person devoted to the active life

Positivenoun

The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.

Activeadjective

tending to become more severe or wider in scope;

‘active tuberculosis’;

Positivenoun

A positive result of a test.

Activeadjective

engaged in or ready for military or naval operations;

‘on active duty’; ‘the platoon is combat-ready’; ‘review the fighting forces’;

Positiveadjective

Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in fact; real; actual; - opposed to negative.

Activeadjective

disposed to take action or effectuate change;

‘a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations’; ‘an active antagonism’; ‘he was active in drawing attention to their grievances’;

Positiveadjective

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.

Activeadjective

taking part in an activity;

‘an active member of the club’; ‘he was politically active’; ‘the participating organizations’;

Positiveadjective

Definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed; - opposed to implied; as, a positive declaration or promise.

‘Positive words, that he would not bear arms against King Edward's son.’;

Activeadjective

characterized by energetic activity;

‘an active toddler’; ‘active as a gazelle’; ‘an active man is a man of action’;

Positiveadjective

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.

Activeadjective

exerting influence or producing an effect;

‘an active ingredient’;

Positiveadjective

Prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by arbitrary appointment; said of laws.

‘In laws, that which is natural bindeth universally; that which is positive, not so.’;

Activeadjective

full of activity or engaged in continuous activity;

‘an active seaport’; ‘an active bond market’; ‘an active account’;

Positiveadjective

Fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes, overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; - said of persons.

‘Some positive, persisting fops we know,That, if once wrong, will needs be always.’;

Activeadjective

in operation;

‘keep hope alive’; ‘the tradition was still alive’; ‘an active tradition’;

Positiveadjective

Having the power of direct action or influence; as, a positive voice in legislation.

Activeadjective

of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions

Positiveadjective

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.

Activeadjective

expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor:

‘Hemingway favors active constructions’;

Positiveadjective

Electro-positive.

Activeadjective

expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')

Positiveadjective

Designating, or pertaining to, a motion or device in which the movement derived from a driver, or the grip or hold of a restraining piece, is communicated through an unyielding intermediate piece or pieces; as, a claw clutch is a positive clutch, while a friction clutch is not.

Activeadjective

(of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt;

‘active volcanos’; ‘an extinct volcano’;

Positiveadjective

Designating a method of steering or turning in which the steering wheels move so that they describe concentric arcs in making a turn, to insure freedom from side slip or harmful resistance.

Activeadjective

producing activity or change

Positivenoun

That which is capable of being affirmed; reality.

Activeadjective

engaged in full-time work;

‘active duty’; ‘though past retirement age he is still active in his profession’;

Positivenoun

That which settles by absolute appointment.

Activeadjective

being in physical motion;

‘active fish in the aquarium’;

Positivenoun

The positive degree or form.

Activeadjective

characterized by energetic bodily activity;

‘tennis is an active sport’; ‘a very physical dance performance’;

Positivenoun

A picture in which the lights and shades correspond in position with those of the original, instead of being reversed, as in a negative.

Activeadjective

engaging or ready to engage in physically energetic pursuits

‘although he was seventy he was still robust and active’;

Positivenoun

The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.

Activeadjective

moving or tending to move about vigorously or frequently

‘I couldn't feel the baby moving, and it was normally very active’;

Positivenoun

a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject

Activeadjective

characterized by busy or lively activity

‘they enjoyed an active social life’;

Positiveadjective

characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.;

‘a positive attitude’; ‘the reviews were all positive’; ‘a positive benefit’; ‘a positive demand’;

Activeadjective

(of a person's mind or imagination) alert and lively

‘Caroline nodded slowly, her active mind already racing ahead’;

Positiveadjective

having a positive electric charge;

‘protons are positive’;

Activeadjective

pursuing an occupation or activity at a particular place or in a particular way

‘sexually active teenagers’; ‘a politically active student body’; ‘tigers are active mainly at night’; ‘the artist was active in the 1920s’;

Positiveadjective

involving advantage or good;

‘a plus (or positive) factor’;

Activeadjective

participating or engaged in a particular sphere or activity in a positive or spontaneous rather than a passive way

‘she was an active member of the society’; ‘he enjoyed the active support of the government’; ‘he had never been very active in the affairs of the institute’;

Positiveadjective

indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen;

‘a positive pregnancy test’;

Activeadjective

(of a thing) working; operative

‘the old watermill was active until 1960’;

Positiveadjective

formally laid down or imposed;

‘positive laws’;

Activeadjective

(of an electric circuit) capable of modifying its state or characteristics automatically in response to input or feedback

‘the receiver is continuously active whenever the vehicle ignition is switched on’;

Positiveadjective

impossible to deny or disprove;

‘incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence’; ‘proof positive’; ‘an irrefutable argument’;

Activeadjective

(of a volcano) that is erupting or has erupted in historical times

‘the volcano became active on 28 March last year’; ‘Etna is Europe's highest and most active volcano’;

Positiveadjective

of or relating to positivism;

‘positivist thinkers’; ‘positivist doctrine’; ‘positive philosophy’;

Activeadjective

(of a disease) in which the symptoms are manifest; not in remission or latent

‘active colitis’;

Positiveadjective

greater than zero;

‘positive numbers’;

Activeadjective

having a chemical or biological effect on something

‘active ingredients’;

Positiveadjective

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’;

Activeadjective

denoting a voice of verbs in which the subject is typically the person or thing performing the action and which can take a direct object (e.g. she loved him as opposed to the passive form he was loved).

Positiveadjective

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’;

Activenoun

an active form of a verb.

Positiveadjective

granting what has been desired or requested;

‘a favorable reply’; ‘a positive answer’;

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