Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In mech., depending only on that which cannot fail without breaking; not depending on springs or gravity. See positive motion.
  • In a positive manner.
  • Absolutely; by itself; independently of anything else; not comparatively.
  • Not negatively; really; in its own nature; directly; inherently: thus, a thing is positively good when it produces happiness by its own qualities or operation: it is negatively good when it prevents an evil or does not produce it.
  • Certainly; indubitably; decidedly.
  • Directly; explicitly: as, the witness testified positively to the fact.
  • Peremptorily; in positive terms; expressly.
  • With full confidence or assurance: as, I cannot speak positively in regard to the fact.
  • By positive electricity: as, positively electrified. See electricity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a positive manner; absolutely; really; expressly; with certainty; indubitably; peremptorily; dogmatically; -- opposed to negatively.
  • adverb (Elec.) having a charge of positive electricity; -- opposed to negatively charged.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb manner In a positive manner.
  • adverb modal With certainty.
  • adverb degree Very.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb so as to be positive; in a positive manner
  • adverb extremely

Etymologies

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positive +β€Ž -ly

Examples

  • Hence, the legitimate province of the indicative mood, is to _declare_ things, whether positively or negatively; thus, _positively_, He _came_ with me; _negatively_, He _came not_ with me.

    English Grammar in Familiar Lectures

  • God is what I call positively mysterious: intelligible, but inexhaustible and hence not fully comprehensible.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • God is what I call positively mysterious: intelligible, but inexhaustible and hence not fully comprehensible.

    Development of doctrine, essence/energies,and ecumenism

  • God is what I call positively mysterious: intelligible, but inexhaustible and hence not fully comprehensible.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • God is what I call positively mysterious: intelligible, but inexhaustible and hence not fully comprehensible.

    Essence/energies, at last

  • Mgr Marx takes issue with financial journalists who use this term positively, "in praise of greed".

    CounterPunch

  • Al Khashti praised Zain's successful experience with KKMA and lauded what he described as a positively active role played by the company in providing help to people in need especially outside Kuwait,

    Arab Times Kuwait English Daily

  • Paul was referred to positively in 55 percent of the 1.1 million assessments about him on Twitter studied during this period.

    Ron Paul Wins GOP Twitter Primary, Pew Study Shows

  • Paul was referred to positively in 55 percent of the 1.1 million assessments about him on Twitter studied during this period.

    Ron Paul Wins GOP Twitter Primary, Pew Study Shows

  • As the oncology nurse Cynthia Rittenberg has written, the pressure to think positively is β€œan additional burden to an already devastated patient.”

    2009 October 27 « One-Minute Book Reviews

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