(legal) Formally laid down.
Stated definitively and without qualification.
- In laws, that which is natural bindeth universally; that which is positive , not so.
Fully assured in opinion.
- Positive words, that he would not bear arms against King Edward’s son.
(mathematics) Of number, greater than zero.
Characterized by constructiveness or influence for the better.
- I’m absolutely positive you've spelt that wrong.
- a positive voice in legislation.
(chiefly, philosophy) Actual, real, concrete, not theoretical or speculative.
- Some positive , persisting fops we know, That, if once wrong, will needs be always so.
(physics) Having more protons than electrons.
- Positive good.
(grammar) Describing the primary sense of an adjective, adverb or noun; not comparative, superlative, augmentative nor diminutive.
- A cation is a positive ion as it has more protons than electrons.
Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute.
- ‘Better’ is an irregular comparative of the positive form ‘good’.
Characterized by the existence or presence of distinguishing qualities or features, rather than by their absence.
- The idea of beauty is not positive , but depends on the different tastes of individuals.
Characterized by the presence of features which support a hypothesis.
- The box was not empty – I felt some positive substance within it.
(photography) Of a visual image, true to the original in light, shade and colour values.
- The results of our experiment are positive .
Favorable, desirable by those interested or invested in that which is being judged.
- A positive photograph can be developed from a photographic negative.
Wholly what is expressed; colloquially downright, entire, outright.
- The first-night reviews were largely positive .
- Good lord, you've built up a positive arsenal of weaponry here.
(chemistry) basic; metallic; not acid; opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals.
(slang) HIV positive.
(New Age jargon) Good, desirable, healthful, pleasant, enjoyable; (often precedes 'energy', 'thought', 'feeling' or 'emotion').
- He has a positive outlook on life.
- 2009 , Christopher Johns, Becoming a Reflective Practitioner , John Wiley & Sons,
- Negative feelings can be worked through and their energy converted into positive' energy... In crisis, normal patterns of self-organization fail, resulting in anxiety (negative energy). Being open systems, people can exchange this energy with the environment and create ' positive energy for taking action...
* (physics) negative
* (mathematics) nonpositive
* (doubtful) uncertain, unsure
* (spiritual quality) bad, evil, nongood
* positive crystal
* positive degree
* positive electricity
* positive eyepiece
* positive law
* positive motion
* positive philosophy
* positive pole
* positive quantity
* positive rotation
* positive sign
* positive contribution
A thing capable of being affirmed; something real or actual.
A favourable point or characteristic.
Something having a positive value in physics, such as an electric charge.
(grammar) An adjective or adverb in the positive degree.
(photography) A positive image; one that displays true colors and shades, as opposed to a negative.
The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
(legal) Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final.
* 1596 , Francis Bacon, Maxims of the Law , II:
Positive in opinion or judgment; absolutely certain, overconfident, unwilling to hear any debate or argument (especially in a pejorative sense); dogmatic.
* 2003 , Andrew Marr, The Guardian , 6 Jan 03:
- there is no reason but if any of the outlawries be indeed without error, but it should be a peremptory plea to the person in a writ of error, as well as in any other action.
(obsolete) Firmly determined, resolute; obstinate, stubborn.
Accepting no refusal or disagreement; imperious, dictatorial.
- He marched under a placard reading "End Bossiness Now" but decided it was a little too peremptory , not quite British, so changed the slogan on subsequent badges, to "End Bossiness Soon."
* 1999 , Anthony Howard, The Guardian , 2 Jan 99:
- less surprising than that he had been depressed by a book. Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished his peremptory heart.
- Though today (surveying that yellowing document) I shudder at the peremptory tone of the instructions I gave, Alastair - in that same volume in which I get chastised for my coverage of the Macmillan rally - was generous enough to remark that my memorandum became 'an office classic'.