Translation of positive in Spanish:

positive

Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːzətɪv; ˈpɒzɪtɪv/

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1 1.1 [number/quantity] positivo; [electrode] positivo positive ion catión (masculine), ión (masculine) positivo the test was positive [Medicine/Medicina] el análisis dio positivo
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    • 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.
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    • 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/Fotografía] [image/print] positivo
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    • 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/Lingüística] [degree/form] positivo
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    • For our purposes, it's enough to say that lowering inflation has positive growth effects.
    • But feeding back to parish councils or whoever on our progress is a positive step.
    • But science is progressing in a positive manner and countries like India should take advantage of that.
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    • We were studying positive, comparative and superlative adjectives and, as usual, having a pretty hard time with it.
  • 2 2.1 (constructive) [attitude] positivo; [criticism] constructivo 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) [influence/development] positivo a positive experience una experiencia positiva
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    • 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.
  • 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
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    • 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/delante del nombre) auténtico, verdadero it's a positive disgrace es una auténtica or verdadera vergüenza
  • 5 5.1 (decisive) categórico 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 5.2 (sure) [colloquial/familiar] (predicative/predicativo) 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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?

noun/nombre

  • 1 uncountable/no numerable (constructive element) the positive lo positivo, los aspectos positivos
  • 2 countable/numerable 2.1 [Photography/Fotografía] positivo (masculine) 2.2 countable/numerable [Mathematics/Matemáticas] only one of these values is a positive solo uno de estos valores es positivo 2.3 countable/numerable [Linguistics/Lingüística] positivo (masculine)

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