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positive

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of positive

  1. 1 expressing approval hoped for a positive reaction from the audience Synonyms of positive admiring, applauding, appreciative, approbatory, approving, commendatory, complimentary, friendly, good, favorableWords Related to positive accepting, warm; encomiastic, eulogistic, flattering, hagiographic (also hagiographical), laudative, laudatory, panegyrical, praiseful; respectful, supportive, sympathetic; adoring, adulatory, idolizing, worshipful, worshipping (also worshiping); advisory, recommendatoryNear Antonyms of positive captious, carping, caviling (or cavilling), censuring, critical, faultfinding, hypercritical, overcritical; belittling, contemptuous, disdainful, disparaging, scornful, slightingAntonyms of positive adverse, depreciative, depreciatory, derogatory, disapproving, inappreciative, negative, unappreciative, uncomplimentary, unfavorable, unflattering, unfriendly

  2. 2 having or showing a mind free from doubt I'm positive that this is the right direction Synonyms of positive assured, clear, cocksure, confident, doubtless, implicit, certain, sanguine, sureWords Related to positive self-assured, self-conceited, self-confident; decisive, resolute, unfaltering, unhesitating, unquestioning, unwaveringNear Antonyms of positive hesitant, indecisive, vacillating, wavering; diffident, unassumingAntonyms of positive doubtful, dubious, uncertain, unsure

  3. 3 not capable of being challenged or proved wrong seeks positive proof that UFO's exist Synonyms of positive accomplished, certain, inarguable, incontestable, incontrovertible, indisputable, indubitable, irrefragable, irrefutable, sure, unanswerable, unarguable, unchallengeable, undeniable, unquestionableWords Related to positive unambiguous, unequivocal; absolute, clear, conclusive, decisive, definite, hands-down; uncontested, uncontradicted, undisputed, unquestionedNear Antonyms of positive controversial, debated, disputed; doubtful, dubious, iffy, inconclusive, indecisive, uncertain; ambiguous, equivocal; academic (also academical), hypothetical, speculative, theoretical (also theoretic)Antonyms of positive answerable, arguable, contradictable, controvertible, debatable, disputable, doubtable, moot, negotiable, problematic (also problematical), questionable, refutable

Synonym Discussion of positive

sure, certain, positive, cocksure mean having no doubt or uncertainty. 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

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