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[person, attitude] positif (-ive)
a positive attitude une attitude positive
→ a positive frame of mind
to take a positive attitude adopter une attitude positive
→ Etta was now taking a more positive attitude.
to be positive about sth avoir une attitude positive quant à qch
→ Be positive about your future.
to become more positive devenir plus positif (-ive)
→ Her husband became much more positive and was soon back in full-time employment.
[experience, effect, fact, situation, contribution] positif (-ive)
→ Working abroad should be an exciting and positive experience.
→ Moving away from his sister had a positive effect on John.
→ He was expected to make a very positive contribution to the organization of the 1996 Games.
(=certain) sûr (e) , certain (e)
I'm positive. J'en suis certain.
to be positive about sth être certain (e) de qch
→ I'm as positive as I can be about it.
to be positive (that), I'm positive (that) I'm ... Je suis certain (e) d'être ...
I was positive I'd locked the door. J'étais certaine d'avoir fermé la porte à clé.
He's positive that he had ... Il est certain d'avoir ...
He was positive that he had seen it in the newspaper. Il était certain de l'avoir vu dans le journal.
I'm positive she ... Je suis certain (e) qu'elle ...
She's positive you ... Elle est certaine que vous ...
[response] positif (-ive)
→ There's been a positive response to the UN's recent peace efforts.
→ The proposed measures have met with a generally positive response.
[test] positif (-ive)
→ If the test is positive, a course of antibiotics may be prescribed.
→ I'm happy to tell you the results are positive.
[change] effectif (-ive)
→ There are positive changes that should be implemented in the rearing of animals.
→ I made a positive decision to do something constructive
[action, step] concret (-ète)
→ Giving up smoking is a very positive step towards better health.
to do sth positive faire qch de concret
→ Having a good diet gives me a sense that I'm doing something positive and that I'm in control.
[proof, evidence] indéniable, réel (le)
→ We have positive proof that he was a blackmailer.
→ The evidence against Blackson is overwhelmingly positive.
[figure, number] positif (-ive)
→ Temperatures have reached positive figures for the first time for three weeks.
[electrical charge] positif (-ive)
→ If x is positive, y must be negative.
n the positive les aspects mpl positifs → Work on the positive, creating loving relationships.
n (result from medical test)
résultat m faussement positif
→ ... a high rate of false positive results.
adj séropositif (-ive)
n (British) discrimination f positive
→ Mr Singh wanted to reserve places for low-caste Indians within the country's public sector, as a form of positive discrimination.
the benefits of positive thinking les bénéfices qu'il y a à voir les choses de façon constructive
These people believe positive thinking can cure cancer. Ces gens croient que l'on peut guérir d'un cancer si l'on adopte une attitude constructive.
adj de rhésus positif
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