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See definition of positive on Dictionary.com
  • adj.definite, certain
  • adj.beneficial, helpful

synonyms for positive

  • clear
  • conclusive
  • confident
  • decisive
  • specific
  • absolute
  • affirmative
  • cold
  • concrete
  • express
  • firm
  • perfect
  • rank
  • real
  • actual
  • assured
  • categorical
  • clear-cut
  • cocksure
  • complete
  • consummate
  • convinced
  • decided
  • direct
  • downright
  • explicit
  • factual
  • forceful
  • forcible
  • genuine
  • hard
  • inarguable
  • incontestable
  • incontrovertible
  • indisputable
  • indubitable
  • irrefutable
  • out-and-out
  • outright
  • sure
  • thorough
  • thoroughgoing
  • unambiguous
  • undeniable
  • unequivocal
  • unmistakable
  • unmitigated
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antonyms for positive

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  • indefinite
  • uncertain
  • vague
  • flawed
  • flexible
  • imperfect
  • imprecise
  • yielding
  • disadvantageous
  • doubtful
  • negative
  • unhelpful
  • unsure
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The adjective positive implies emphatic certainty, which may even become overconfidence or dogmatism. Certain suggests that there are definite reasons that have freed one from doubt. Confident emphasizes the strength of the belief or the certainty of expectation felt. Sure, the simplest and most general term, expresses mere absence of doubt.

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How to use positive in a sentence

He was positive he had seen some one enter the room, go to the chair, and take the money from his pockets.
THE HOMESTEADEROSCAR MICHEAUX
At last his anxiety reached a point where he was positive that if he received an adverse decision, it would surely kill him.
THE HOMESTEADEROSCAR MICHEAUX
Some hidden magnetism burst from him like an aura, and his cold pasty face and light gray eyes flamed into positive beauty.
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
It is a sensitive test, and, when positive, is absolute proof of the presence of blood.
A MANUAL OF CLINICAL DIAGNOSISJAMES CAMPBELL TODD
There is no proof positive that it was henceforth his invariable rule to put this kind of finish.
ANTONIO STRADIVARIHORACE WILLIAM PETHERICK
This can be done, as with the minimum wage, partly by positive legislation and partly collective action.
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
It is not simply acquiescing in that Covenant in the heart, but signifying that acquiescence in a positive service.
THE ORDINANCE OF COVENANTINGJOHN CUNNINGHAM
A Gram-positive stool due to cocci is suggestive of intestinal ulceration.
A MANUAL OF CLINICAL DIAGNOSISJAMES CAMPBELL TODD
The people of God fear him habitually, even though not engaged in positive religious services.
THE ORDINANCE OF COVENANTINGJOHN CUNNINGHAM
Sin is sometimes acknowledged before God when no new positive engagement is made.
THE ORDINANCE OF COVENANTINGJOHN CUNNINGHAM
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