Positive is a property of positivity
"Positivity" is the first single off the album A New Morning by Suede, released on September 16, 2002 on Columbia Records. The single is a big departure from the sleazy rock characteristic of the previous two albums, and has a far more warm and acoustic sound to it...

 and may refer to:

Mathematics and science

  • Converging lens or positive lens, in optics
  • Plus sign, the sign "+" used to indicate a positive number
  • Positive (electricity), a polarity of electrical charge
  • Positive element of a C*-algebra (such as a bounded linear operator) whose spectrum consists of positive real numbers
  • Positive formula, a logical formula not containing negation
  • Positive number, a number that is greater than 0
  • Positive (photography)
    Positive (photography)
    A positive is a film or paper record of a scene that represents the color and luminance of objects in that scene with the same colors and luminances . Color transparencies are an example of positive photography: the range of colors presented in the medium is limited by the tonal range of the...

    , a positive image, in which the color and luminance correlates directly with that in the depicted scene
  • Positive result, a result that has been found significant in statistical hypothesis testing
  • Positive sense, said of an RNA sequence that codes for a protein
  • Positive test, a diagnostic test result that indicates some parameter being evaluated was present

Philosophy and humanities

  • Affirmative, in linguistics
    Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Linguistics can be broadly broken into three categories or subfields of study: language form, language meaning, and language in context....

    , is a non-negated expression, as opposed to negative. See grammatical polarity
    Grammatical polarity
    Grammatical polarity is the distinction of affirmative and negative. In English, grammatical polarity is generally indicated by the presence or absence of the modifier not, which negates the statement. Many other languages contain similar modifiers: Italian and Interlingua have non, Spanish has...

  • Affirmative (policy debate)
    Affirmative (policy debate)
    In policy debate, the affirmative is the team which affirms the resolution.The Affirmative side negates the negative.The affirmative team speaks first and last. They give four speeches:*First affirmative constructive...

    , the team which affirms the resolution
  • A positive image, in photography
    Photography is the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film...

    , is one in which the value (lightness–darkness) correlates positively with that in the scene depicted
  • Negative and positive rights
    Negative and positive rights
    Philosophers and political scientists make a distinction between negative and positive rights . According to this view, positive rights permit or oblige action, whereas negative rights permit or oblige inaction. These permissions or obligations may be of either a legal or moral character...

    , concerning the moral obligation of a person to do something for/to someone
  • Positive economics
    Positive economics
    Positive economics is the branch of economics that concerns the description and explanation of economic phenomena. It focuses on facts and cause-and-effect behavioral relationships and includes the development and testing of economics theories...

    , in economics, about predictions of behavior of economic actors, as opposed to the normative aspect
  • Positive law
    Positive law
    Positive law is the term generally used to describe man-made laws which bestow specific privileges upon, or remove them from, an individual or group...

     is man-made law (statutes) in contrast with natural law (derived from deities or morality)
  • Positive liberty
    Positive liberty
    Positive liberty is defined as having the power and resources to fulfill one's own potential ; as opposed to negative liberty, which is freedom from external restraint...

    , the opportunity and ability to act to fulfill one's own potential
  • Positive (linguistics)
    Positive (linguistics)
    Positive is the form of an adjective or adverb on which comparative and superlative are formed, in English, with the suffixes -ier, -lier, -iest, or -liest, or the forms more/less for polysyllabic adjectives/adverbs. In English, good is a positive adjectival form corresponding to the comparative...

    , the form of an adjective or adverb on which comparative and superlative are formed with suffixes or the use of more or less
  • Positive psychology
    Positive psychology
    Positive psychology is a recent branch of psychology whose purpose was summed up in 1998 by Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: "We believe that a psychology of positive human functioning will arise, which achieves a scientific understanding and effective interventions to build thriving in...

    , a branch of psychology
  • Positive science
    Positive science
    In the humanities and social sciences, the term positive is used in at least two ways.The most common usage refers to analysis or theories which only attempt to describe how things 'are', as opposed to how they 'should' be. Positive means also 'value free'. In this sense, the opposite of positive...

    , for a general usage in humanities and social sciences
  • Positive statement
    Positive statement
    In economics and philosophy, a positive statement concerns what "is", "was", or "will be", and contains no indication of approval or disapproval...

    , in economics, a (possibly incorrect) factual statement
  • Positivism
    Positivism is a a view of scientific methods and a philosophical approach, theory, or system based on the view that, in the social as well as natural sciences, sensory experiences and their logical and mathematical treatment are together the exclusive source of all worthwhile information....

    , in philosophy, the name for theories which aim to be based on facts alone, eschewing metaphysics and religion

In popular culture

  • Positive (film)
    Positive (film)
    Positive is a 2007, Hindi short film directed by Farhan Akhtar, and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidwani under their Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. banner...

    , a short film in Hindi on HIV and AIDS
  • "(Gotta Be) Positive", a song by Eddy Grant from Reparation
    Reparation (album)
    Reparation is an album by Reggae musician Eddy Grant. The title of this album is a call for restitution for the transatlantic slave trade.- Track listing :#"Concern Number One" - 4:14#"Everything Irie" - 3:56#"Everybody Rappin'" - 3:33...

  • Positive hardcore
    Positive hardcore
    Positive hardcore is a branch of hardcore punk music scene that is socially aware or focuses on values such as being inclusive, community-oriented, and anti-violence.-Bibliography:...

    , a sub genre of hardcore punk
    Hardcore punk
    Hardcore punk is an underground music genre that originated in the late 1970s, following the mainstream success of punk rock. Hardcore is generally faster, thicker, and heavier than earlier punk rock. The origin of the term "hardcore punk" is uncertain. The Vancouver-based band D.O.A...


Other uses

  • Positive sign
    Positive sign
    In astrology, a positive, dominant, active, yang, diurnal or masculine sign refers to any of the six odd-numbered signs of the zodiac: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius or Aquarius....

    , in western astrology, the supposedly extroverted personalities of the fire and air signs

See also

  • HIV positive people
    HIV positive people
    HIV-positive people are people who have the human immunodeficiency virus HIV, the agent of the currently incurable disease AIDS.Over the years of coping with the stigma and discrimination that accompany the diagnosis in most societies, a large number of support groups have been formed...

  • Negative (disambiguation)
  • Negative (photography)
    Negative (photography)
    In photography, a negative may refer to three different things, although they are all related.-A negative:Film for 35 mm cameras comes in long narrow strips of chemical-coated plastic or cellulose acetate. As each image is captured by the camera onto the film strip, the film strip advances so that...

    , as opposed to positive images used in such applications as slide projection or photo emulsion stencil-making
  • Normative
    Normative has specialized contextual meanings in several academic disciplines. Generically, it means relating to an ideal standard or model. In practice, it has strong connotations of relating to a typical standard or model ....

  • Optimism
    The Oxford English Dictionary defines optimism as having "hopefulness and confidence about the future or successful outcome of something; a tendency to take a favourable or hopeful view." The word is originally derived from the Latin optimum, meaning "best." Being optimistic, in the typical sense...

  • Positive action (disambiguation)
    Positive action (disambiguation)
    Positive action is the promotion of an under-represented group without prejudicing the criteria of selection by merit.Positive action may also refer to:*Positive Action, a series of political activism in pre-independence Ghana...

  • Positive (2008 film)
    Positive (2008 film)
    Positive is a 2008 film by V. K. Prakash starring Jayasurya, Suraj and Ananya.- Plot :Raju , Winnie , Udhayan and Cherry who are close friends forms a music troupe. In the meantime, Raju starts an affiar with a young girl named Jyothi . But one day jyothi left hostel with out telling anything to...

    , a 2008 Malayalam language film directed by V. K. Prakash
  • Positive organ
    Positive organ
    A positive organ is a small, usually one-manual, pipe organ that is built to be more or less mobile. It was common in sacred and secular music between the 10th and the 18th centuries, in chapels and small churches, as a chamber organ and for the basso continuo in ensemble works...

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