positive definite


Definition of positive definite

1 : having a positive value for all values of the constituent variables positive definite quadratic forms
2 of a matrix : having the characteristic roots real and positive

First Known Use of positive definite

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of positive definite was in 1904

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“Positive definite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/positive%20definite. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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