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Positive vs. Negative

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  • Positive (adjective)

    Not negative or neutral.

  • Positive (adjective)

    Formally laid down. from the 14th c.

  • Positive (adjective)

    Stated definitively and without qualification. from the 16th c.

  • Positive (adjective)

    Fully assured in opinion. from the 17th c.

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

  • Positive (adjective)

    Of number, greater than zero. from the 18th c.

  • Positive (adjective)

    Characterized by constructiveness or influence for the better.

  • Positive (adjective)

    Overconfident, dogmatic.

  • Positive (adjective)

    Actual, real, concrete, not theoretical or speculative.

  • Positive (adjective)

    Having more protons than electrons.

    "A cation is a positive ion as it has more protons than electrons."

  • Positive (adjective)

    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’."

  • Positive (adjective)

    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."

  • Positive (adjective)

    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."

  • Positive (adjective)

    Characterized by the presence of features which support a hypothesis.

    "The results of our experiment are positive."

  • Positive (adjective)

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

    "A positive photograph can be developed from a photographic negative."

  • Positive (adjective)

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

    "The first-night reviews were largely positive."

  • Positive (adjective)

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

    "Good lord, you've built up a positive arsenal of weaponry here."

  • Positive (adjective)

    Optimistic. from the 20th c.

    "He has a positive outlook on life."

  • Positive (adjective)

    electropositive

  • Positive (adjective)

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

  • Positive (adjective)

    HIV positive.

  • Positive (adjective)

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

  • Positive (noun)

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

  • Positive (noun)

    A favourable point or characteristic.

  • Positive (noun)

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

  • Positive (noun)

    A degree of comparison of adjectives and adverbs.

  • Positive (noun)

    An adjective or adverb in the positive degree.

  • Positive (noun)

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

  • Positive (noun)

    The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.

  • Positive (noun)

    A positive result of a test.

  • Negative (adjective)

    Not positive or neutral.

  • Negative (adjective)

    Of electrical charge of an electron and related particles from the 18th c.

  • Negative (adjective)

    Of a number: less than zero

  • Negative (adjective)

    Denying a proposition.

  • Negative (adjective)

    Damaging; undesirable; unfavourable.

  • Negative (adjective)

    Often used pejoratively: pessimistic; not tending to see the bright side of things.

  • Negative (adjective)

    Of or relating to a colours of the original, and the relations of left and right, are reversed.

  • Negative (adjective)

    Metalloidal, nonmetallic; contrasted with positive or basic.

    "The nitro group is negative."

  • Negative (adjective)

    Often preceded by emotion, energy, feeling, or thought: to be damaging, unpleasant, unwanted.

  • Negative (adjective)

    Characterized by the presence of features which do not support a hypothesis.

  • Negative (noun)

    Refusal or withholding of assents; prohibition, veto from 15th c.

  • Negative (noun)

    A right of veto.

  • Negative (noun)

    An image in which dark light ones, and the converse. from 19th c.

  • Negative (noun)

    A word that indicates negation.

  • Negative (noun)

    A negative quantity.

  • Negative (noun)

    : A phase of muscle movement.

  • Negative (noun)

    The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.

  • Negative (verb)

    To refuse; to veto.

  • Negative (verb)

    To contradict.

  • Negative (verb)

    To disprove.

  • Negative (verb)

    To make ineffective; to neutralize.

  • Negative (interjection)

    An elaborate synonym for no.

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  • Positive (adjective)

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

  • Positive (adjective)

    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 (adjective)

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

  • Positive (adjective)

    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 (adjective)

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

  • Positive (adjective)

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

  • Positive (adjective)

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

  • Positive (adjective)

    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 (adjective)

    Electro-positive.

  • Positive (adjective)

    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.

  • Positive (adjective)

    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.

  • Positive (noun)

    That which is capable of being affirmed; reality.

  • Positive (noun)

    That which settles by absolute appointment.

  • Positive (noun)

    The positive degree or form.

  • Positive (noun)

    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 (noun)

    The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.

  • Negative (adjective)

    Denying; implying, containing, or asserting denial, negation or refusal; returning the answer no to an inquiry or request; refusing assent; as, a negative answer; a negative opinion; - opposed to affirmative.

  • Negative (adjective)

    Not positive; without affirmative statement or demonstration; indirect; consisting in the absence of something; privative; as, a negative argument; negative evidence; a negative morality; negative criticism.

  • Negative (adjective)

    Asserting absence of connection between a subject and a predicate; as, a negative proposition.

  • Negative (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a picture upon glass or other material, in which the lights and shades of the original, and the relations of right and left, are reversed.

  • Negative (adjective)

    Metalloidal; nonmetallic; - contrasted with positive or basic; as, the nitro group is negative.

  • Negative (noun)

    A proposition by which something is denied or forbidden; a conception or term formed by prefixing the negative particle to one which is positive; an opposite or contradictory term or conception.

  • Negative (noun)

    A word used in denial or refusal; as, not, no.

  • Negative (noun)

    The refusal or withholding of assents; veto.

  • Negative (noun)

    That side of a question which denies or refuses, or which is taken by an opposing or denying party; the relation or position of denial or opposition; as, the question was decided in the negative.

  • Negative (noun)

    A picture upon glass or other material, in which the light portions of the original are represented in some opaque material (usually reduced silver), and the dark portions by the uncovered and transparent or semitransparent ground of the picture.

  • Negative (noun)

    The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.

  • Negative

    To prove unreal or untrue; to disprove.

  • Negative

    To reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction; as, the Senate negatived the bill.

  • Negative

    To neutralize the force of; to counteract.

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  • Positive (noun)

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

  • Positive (adjective)

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

    "a positive attitude"

    "the reviews were all positive"

    "a positive benefit"

    "a positive demand"

  • Positive (adjective)

    having a positive electric charge;

    "protons are positive"

  • Positive (adjective)

    involving advantage or good;

    "a plus (or positive) factor"

  • Positive (adjective)

    indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen;

    "a positive pregnancy test"

  • Positive (adjective)

    formally laid down or imposed;

    "positive laws"

  • Positive (adjective)

    impossible to deny or disprove;

    "incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence"

    "proof positive"

    "an irrefutable argument"

  • Positive (adjective)

    of or relating to positivism;

    "positivist thinkers"

    "positivist doctrine"

    "positive philosophy"

  • Positive (adjective)

    greater than zero;

    "positive numbers"

  • Positive (adjective)

    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"

  • Positive (adjective)

    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"

  • Positive (adjective)

    granting what has been desired or requested;

    "a favorable reply"

    "a positive answer"

  • Negative (noun)

    a reply of denial;

    "he answered in the negative"

  • Negative (noun)

    a piece of photographic film showing an image with black and white tones reversed

  • Negative (verb)

    vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent;

    "The President vetoed the bill"

  • Negative (adjective)

    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"

    "a positive attitude"

    "the reviews were all positive"

    "a positive benefit"

    "a positive demand"

  • Negative (adjective)

    reckoned in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive

  • Negative (adjective)

    having a negative electric charge;

    "electrons are negative"

    "protons are positive"

  • Negative (adjective)

    expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial

  • Negative (adjective)

    having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant;

    "ran a negative campaign"

    "delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life"

  • Negative (adjective)

    not indicating the presence of microorganisms or disease or a specific condition;

    "the HIV test was negative"

  • Negative (adjective)

    less than zero;

    "a negative number"

  • Negative (adjective)

    designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions;

    "negative criticism"

  • Negative (adjective)

    involving disadvantage or harm;

    "minus (or negative) factors"

Princeton's WordNet
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