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positive polarity


      n     (Grammar)   the grammatical characteristic of a word or phrase, such as delicious or rather, that may normally only be used in a semantically or syntactically positive or affirmative context  
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1    characterized by or expressing certainty or affirmation  
a positive answer     
2    composed of or possessing actual or specific qualities; real  
a positive benefit     
3    tending to emphasize what is good or laudable; constructive  
he takes a very positive attitude when correcting pupils' mistakes     
4    tending towards progress or improvement; moving in a beneficial direction  
5      (Philosophy)  
a    constructive rather than sceptical  
b    (of a concept) denoting the presence rather than the absence of some property  
6    independent of circumstances; absolute or unqualified  
7    prenominal  
Informal   (intensifier)  
a positive delight     
8      (Maths)  
a    having a value greater than zero  
a positive number     
b    designating, consisting of, or graduated in one or more quantities greater than zero  
positive direction     
9      (Maths)  
a    measured in a direction opposite to that regarded as negative  
b    having the same magnitude as but opposite sense to an equivalent negative quantity  
10      (Grammar)   denoting the usual form of an adjective as opposed to its comparative or superlative form  
11      (Biology)   indicating movement or growth towards a particular stimulus  
12      (Physics)  
a    (of an electric charge) having an opposite polarity to the charge of an electron and the same polarity as the charge of a proton  
b    (of a body, system, ion, etc.) having a positive electric charge; having a deficiency of electrons  
a positive ion     
c    (of a point in an electric circuit) having a higher electric potential than some other point with an assigned zero potential  
13       short for       electropositive  
14    (of a lens) capable of causing convergence of a parallel beam of light  
15      (Med)   (of the results of an examination or test) indicating the existence or presence of a suspected disorder or pathogenic organism  
16      (Med)   (of the effect of a drug or therapeutic regimen) beneficial or satisfactory  
17       short for       Rh positive  
18    (of a machine part) having precise motion with no hysteresis or backlash  
19      (Chiefly U.S.)   (of a government) directly involved in activities beyond the minimum maintenance of law and order, such as social welfare or the organization of scientific research  
20      (Economics)   of or denoting an analysis that is free of ethical, political, or value judgments  
21      (Astrology)   of, relating to, or governed by the group of signs of the zodiac that belong to the air and fire classifications, which are associated with a self-expressive spontaneous nature  
22    something that is positive  
23      (Maths)   a quantity greater than zero  
24      (Photog)   a print or slide showing a photographic image whose colours or tones correspond to those of the original subject  
25      (Grammar)   the positive degree of an adjective or adverb  
26    a positive object, such as a terminal or plate in a voltaic cell  
27      (Music)  
a      (Also called)    positive organ   a medieval nonportable organ with one manual and no pedals  
   Compare       portative organ  
b       a variant spelling of       positif     (Compare)        negative  
     (C13: from Late Latin positivus positive, agreed on an arbitrary basis, from ponere to place)  
  positiveness, positivity      n  

false positive  
1    a result in a medical test which wrongly indicates the presence of the condition being tested for  
2    a person from whom such a result is obtained  
      adj   designating bacteria that retain the violet stain in Gram's method  
positive discrimination   , action  
      n   the provision of special opportunities in employment, training, etc. for a disadvantaged group, such as women, ethnic minorities, etc.,   (U.S. equivalent)    affirmative action  
positive feedback  
      n      See       feedback       1  
positive polarity  
      n     (Grammar)   the grammatical characteristic of a word or phrase, such as delicious or rather, that may normally only be used in a semantically or syntactically positive or affirmative context  
positive vetting  
      n   the checking of a person's background, political affiliation, etc., to assess his suitability for a position that may involve national security  
Rh positive  
1    blood containing the Rh factor  
2    a person having such blood  

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1    absolute, actual, affirmative, categorical, certain, clear, clear-cut, conclusive, concrete, decisive, definite, direct, explicit, express, firm, incontrovertible, indisputable, real, unequivocal, unmistakable  
2    assured, certain, confident, convinced, sure  
3    assertive, cocksure, decided, dogmatic, emphatic, firm, forceful, opinionated, peremptory, resolute, stubborn  
4    beneficial, constructive, effective, efficacious, forward-looking, helpful, practical, productive, progressive, useful  
5      (informal)   absolute, complete, consummate, out-and-out, perfect, rank, thorough, thoroughgoing, unmitigated, utter  
1    contestable, disputable, doubtful, inconclusive, indecisive, indefinite, uncertain  
2    not confident, unassured, uncertain, unconvinced, unsure  
3    diffident, open-minded, receptive, retiring, timid, unassertive, unobtrusive  
4    conservative, detrimental, harmful, impractical, reactionary, unhelpful, useless  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
finalize smth. successfully / in a positive manner
E.g.: The negotiations were tough, but they ended on a high note
positive outburst of emotion; the final word in a string of lyrics by Michael Jackson.
have a powerful impact on someone; impress; generate an emotion (positive, but also negative)
it can be used to describe a feeling of fear or a positive emotion; e.g.: "This violin music gives me the chills" or "Being all alone in that old house after dark...it gave me the chills."
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
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