Use the word "positive" to describe good feelings. We also use "positive" when describing attitudes, opinions, certainty, comments, and results. "Positive" is the opposite of "negative."

  • Kevin is feeling positive about his chances of finding a new job.
  • Wendy went to work with a positive attitude this morning.
  • Your chances of success are greater if you remain positive.
  • Try to be positive.
  • It’s good to be positive, but you also need to be realistic.


  • Zooey says she’s not positive about who her roommate will be next year at school.
  • Are you positive that you locked the door?
  • The witness can positively identify the people who were involved in the crime. (The word "positively" is an adverb.
  • The results of the pregnancy test were positive. Bruce tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
  • The mayor’s decisions have had a positive impact on the city.
  • The reviews for last night’s performance have been positive.
  • We’re hoping for positive news, but we’re also bracing for the possibility of bad news.
  • When jumping a battery, attach the jumper cables to the positive terminals first.

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May 19, 2016