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
Tell your kids about your brother and share positive memories of him from your childhood.—Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 5 June 2023 Tell your kids about your brother, and share positive memories of him from your childhood.—Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2023 The positive outlook Anderson appreciated came in handy in San Francisco.—Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2023 Meet foundation members, colleagues and neighbors and learn more about making a positive impact in Carlsbad.—Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2023 In videos on TikTok, people have shared positive experiences that ensure a growing crowd in the city on subsequent nights.—Doha Madani, NBC News, 4 June 2023 Biden and McCarthy strained that afternoon to present a positive front.—Tony Romm, Marianna Sotomayor, Leigh Ann Caldwell, Tyler Pager, Jeff Stein, Rachel Siegel, The Washington Post, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2023 By far, one of the reviewers’ top positive comments is for every dress wearer’s favorite feature: pockets!—Nicola Fumo, Peoplemag, 3 June 2023 The key here is to do it without any judgment, either positive or negative.—Sarah Mucha, Women's Health, 3 June 2023
The year in review file featured plenty of positives.—Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 31 May 2023 The pit bull has plenty of positives that are easy to see.—Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 17 May 2023 Goodman: Frightened dog races towards Kirby Smart, rescued at golf tournament Alabama AD breaks silence, touts positives over ‘5 or 6′ creating challenges Nick Alvarez is a reporter for Alabama Media Group.—Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 11 May 2023 Seeing your situation in all its complexity, which might include a few positives along with the negatives, can supply ideas for practical next steps.—Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2023 Share a true picture of your firm, the job and the team (both positives and negatives), and create a safe space where the candidate can be themselves.—Expert Panel®, Forbes, 4 May 2023 The feedback is loaded with positives and improvement tips.—Ndaschel, oregonlive, 20 Apr. 2023 While Xi and China may not have voiced strong support the war in Ukraine, having the West's resources focused on the conflict may represent a net positive for Beijing, said Zev Faintuch, a senior intelligence analyst at Global Guardian, an international security firm.—Karson Yiu, ABC News, 22 Mar. 2023 There are still positives to take from Jon Scheyer’s debut season, but this loss will sting all offseason.—Lindsay Schnell And Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin positivus, from positus, past participle of ponere