thinking about what is good in a situation; feeling confident and sure that sth good will happen
乐观的态度 / 前景
a positive attitude/outlook
the power of positive thought
She tried to be more positive about her new job.
On the positive side , profits have increased.
The report ended on a positive note.
directed at dealing with sth or producing a successful result
We must take positive steps to deal with the problem.
It will require positive action by all in the industry.
expressing agreement or support
We've had a very positive response to the idea.
good or useful
to make a positive contribution to a discussion
His family have been a very positive influence on him.
Overseas investment has had a positive effect on exports.
of a person
completely sure that sth is correct or true
I can't be positive about what time it happened.
She was positive that he had been there.
‘Are you sure?’ ‘Positive.’
complete and definite
He has a positive genius for upsetting people.
It was a positive miracle that we survived.
giving clear and definite proof or information
We have no positive evidence that she was involved.
This is proof positive that he stole the money.
showing clear evidence that a particular substance or medical condition is present
a positive pregnancy test
The athlete tested positive for steroids.
to be HIV positive
greater than zero
containing or producing the type of electricity that is carried by a proton
a positive charge
the positive terminal of a battery
a good or useful quality or aspect
Take your weaknesses and translate them into positives.
a developed film showing light and dark areas and colours as they actually were, especially one printed from a negative
result of test
the result of a test or an experiment that shows that a substance or condition is present
These words all describe sb who knows without doubt that sth is true or will happen.
[not before noun] without any doubt that you are right, that sth is true, that you will get sth or that sth will happen
‘Is that John over there?’ ‘I'm not sure.’
Are you sure about that?
England must win this game to be sure of qualifying.
Sure is often used in negative statements and questions, because there is some doubt or anxiety over the matter. If there is no doubt, people often say quite sure .
I'm quite sure (that) I left my bag here (= I have no doubt about it) .
completely sure that sth will happen in the way that you want or expect
I'm quite confident that you'll get the job.
The team feels confident of winning.
Confident is a stronger and more definite word than sure and is more often used in positive statements, when you feel no anxiety.
[not before noun] completely sure that sth is true or right, especially because the evidence seems to prove it or sb else has persuaded you to believe it
I'm convinced that she's innocent.
[not usually before noun] sure that you are right or that sth is true
Are you absolutely certain about this?
sure or certain?
Like sure , certain is often used in negative statements and questions. It is slightly more formal than sure ; sure is more frequent, especially in spoken English.
[not before noun] ( rather informal ) completely sure that sth is true
She was positive that he'd been there.
‘Are you sure?’ ‘Positive.’
a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject
the primary form of an adjective or adverb;denotes a quality without qualification, comparison, or relation to increase or diminution
近义词: positive degree
involving advantage or good
- a plus (or positive) factor
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
having a positive charge
- protons are positive
近义词: electropositive,positively charged
impossible to deny or disprove
- incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence
- proof positive
- an irrefutable argument
formally laid down or imposed
- positive laws
characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
- a positive attitude
- the reviews were all positive
- a positive benefit
- a positive demand
greater than zero
- positive numbers
reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion
- positive increase in graduating students
indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen
- a positive pregnancy test
of or relating to positivism
- positivist thinkers
- positivist doctrine
- positive philosophy