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American English: /ˈpɑzədɪv/
British English: /ˈpɒzɪtɪv/

Translation of positive in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1
    positive ion
    catión (masculine)
    ión (masculine) positivo
    the test was positive (Medicine)
    el análisis dio positivo
    Example sentences
    • He defines limits of positive variable quantities using ideas that he had used in looking at limits of series.
    • Zero divided by negative or positive numbers is either zero or is expressed as a fraction with zero as numerator and the finite quantity as denominator.
    • He also worked on number theory proving in 1770 that every positive integer is the sum of four squares.
    Example sentences
    • These minerals in their ion state carry either negative or positive charges, much like a car battery.
    • At least one of the positive and negative high voltage power supplies switches between a high state and a low state.
    • Predicted by quantum theory, ghost radiation is a negative energy field that dampens normal positive energy.
    1.2 (Photography)
    Example sentences
    • Exuding confidence and advocating a positive outlook, he has no harsh words for anyone.
    • The meeting appeared to be positive and constructive and we were assured that our views would be taken on board.
    • I have always kept my optimism and my positive approach to life.
    Example sentences
    • This kind of photograph is a unique positive picture produced on a thin sheet of iron blackened by tar.
    • To his great surprise, when Pia examined his negatives, there was a positive image!
    • In fact, there are two copies of that issue in the bound volumes - one cover features a positive shot, the other a negative one.
    1.3 (Linguistics)
    Example sentences
    • We were studying positive, comparative and superlative adjectives and, as usual, having a pretty hard time with it.
  • 2 2.1 (constructive)
    that's not the attitude, try positive thinking
    cambia de actitud, intenta ser más positivo
    look on the positive side
    mira lo positivo or el lado positivo
    2.2 (for the good)
    a positive experience
    una experiencia positiva
  • 3 (definite) there is no positive evidence
    no hay pruebas concluyentes or definitivas or fehacientes
    the group still lacks a positive identity
    al grupo todavía le falta una identidad definida
    it was the first positive sighting in the area
    fue la primera vez que categóricamente or decididamente se lo avistó en la región
    Example sentences
    • Should the test have a positive result, indicating that a condition has been detected, the parents will need counselling and support.
    • The experiment has shown positive results, and presently, the infants are living normally.
    • Incorrect responses on either or both tasks are scored as a positive result, indicating dementia.
  • 4 (absolute) (before noun) it's a positive disgrace
    es una auténtica or verdadera vergüenza
    Example sentences
    • Food shopping online is a positive delight compared to a couple of years ago, according to those consumer guardians at Which?
    • I had an Iron Maiden Tshirt, despite having no affinity for the Maiden at all, and, in fact, a positive disdain.
    • Some theologians have a positive genius for cloaking sensible ideas in impenetrable jargon.
  • 5 5.1 (decisive) she's very positive in her likes and dislikes
    es muy categórica en sus preferencias
    what we need is positive leadership
    lo que necesitamos es un liderazgo firme
    Example sentences
    • You need someone who has the actual expertise to confirm positive identification.
    • I wish I had a more concrete, definite, positive, upbeat answer to give.
    • Where then, Marx asks, is the positive possibility of German freedom to be found?
    5.2 (sure) [colloquial] (predicative) are you sure? — positive
    ¿estás seguro? — segurísimo or más que seguro
    I'm positive I've met him before
    estoy segurísima de que lo conozco
    she was positive about the date/having seen him
    estaba muy segura de la fecha/de haberlo visto
    Example sentences
    • She hated him, that was very certain and she grew more and more positive of this fact as the next few days passed.
    • Officers had been 99.9 per cent positive it was Jenna because the teenager's ring was found with the body.
    • Eyewitness testimony in court cases - even from witnesses who are absolutely positive about what they saw - should be taken with a grain of salt.


  • 1 uncountable (constructive element) the positive
    lo positivo
    los aspectos positivos
  • 2 countable 2.1 (Photography)
    Example sentences
    • In this process I first make a contact interpositive and then an enlarged negative from the contact positive.
    • It has a built-in transparency adapter, so it can scan 35 mm photo negatives and positives (slides).
    • The first test is to determine the correct exposure for a film positive.
    2.2 countable (Mathematics)only one of these values is a positive
    solo uno de estos valores es positivo
    Example sentences
    • Two positives combined will always yield another positive.
    2.3 countable (Linguistics)
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