sure usually stresses the subjective or intuitive feeling of assurance.
felt sure that I had forgotten something
certain may apply to a basing of a conclusion or conviction on definite grounds or indubitable evidence.
police are certain about the cause of the fire
positive intensifies sureness or certainty and may imply opinionated conviction or forceful expression of it.
I'm positive that's the person I saw
cocksure implies presumptuous or careless positiveness.
you're always so cocksure about everything
The book had a positive influence on me.
He has been a positive role model for his brother.
Nothing positive came out of that experience.
What are some of the positive things about your job?
The low unemployment rate is a positive sign for the economy.
The company took positive steps to create a safer workplace.
You've got to have a positive attitude to do well in life.
You should try to be more positive about the whole situation. On the positive side, you will be making more money.
To end on a positive note, we are seeing an increase in sales this month. Noun
The positives of living in the city include access to public transportation and many interesting restaurants.
The test showed a positive. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Shoppers at The Wine Spot on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights have been positive and more generous.
Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 25 Nov. 2022 Foxconn confirmed protests took place in a statement on Wednesday and denied that COVID-positive workers were staying in its dormitories.
Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2022 There’s also concern for snow geese after nearly 400 sick or dead geese were found at Wiser Lake in western Washington state a few days ago and several tested positive for avian flu.oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2022 In addition to whether tests are positive or negative, the portal asks people to report their age and zip code.
Alexander Tin, CBS News, 23 Nov. 2022 Two ornaments for $50 helps Caracole cover utility bills for formerly homeless, HIV-positive people living in their housing programs.
Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 22 Nov. 2022 And whereas home users generally take a positive or negative result at face value, clinicians have more context with which to interpret false positives or false negatives.
Brittany Trang, STAT, 22 Nov. 2022 Creating an online resource with positive and uplifting messages to inspire.
Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 22 Nov. 2022 Some of our favorite body-positive accounts teach us more about all the amazing things each and every body can achieve.
Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 22 Nov. 2022
The argument for affirmative action is one that treats race as not only synonymous with merit, but a convenient tactical positive.WSJ, 8 Nov. 2022 On Reddit, many members of the community still see the experience as a net positive.Wired, 31 July 2022 Women went from a net positive of 22 to a net negative of 13.
Dante Chinni, NBC News, 28 Aug. 2022 He was urged to take a test and wound up popping a positive.
Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 26 May 2022 Russia may be run by a despot whose needless military adventurism will result in the death of thousands of Ukranians, but Chelsea’s recent run of success is a net positive.
Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 25 Feb. 2022 The only substantial positive is turnover numbers have stayed down.
Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Feb. 2022 Dawson described the past few weeks as something of an emotional pendulum, as one test would come back negative, then the next positive.
Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2022 Health officials in Hong Kong are now investigating this as a possible case of animal-to-human transmission because two more human infections, one confirmed and one preliminary positive, were linked to the pet store.Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2022 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin positivus, from positus, past participle of ponere