What does positive mean?

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  1. Not negative or neutral
  2. (law) Formally laid down. [from the 14th c.]
  3. Stated definitively and without qualification. [from the 16th c.]
  4. Fully assured in opinion. [from the 17th c.]
  5. (mathematics) Of number, greater than zero. [from the 18th c.]
  6. Characterized by constructiveness or influence for the better.
  7. Overconfident, dogmatic.
  8. (philosophy) Actual, real, concrete, not theoretical or speculative.
  9. (physics) Having more protons than electrons.
  10. (grammar) Describing the primary sense of an adjective, adverb or noun; not comparative, superlative, augmentative nor diminutive.
  11. Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute.
  12. Characterized by the existence or presence of distinguishing qualities or features, rather than by their absence.
  13. Characterized by the presence of features which support a hypothesis.
  14. (photography) Of a visual image, true to the original in light, shade and colour values.
  15. Favorable, desirable by those interested or invested in that which is being judged.
  16. Wholly what is expressed; colloquially downright, entire, outright.
  17. Optimistic. [from the 20th c.]
  18. (chemistry) electropositive
  19. (chemistry) basic; metallic; not acid; opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals.
  20. (slang) HIV positive.
  21. (New Age) Good, desirable, healthful, pleasant, enjoyable; (often precedes 'energy', 'thought', 'feeling' or 'emotion').
  1. A thing capable of being affirmed; something real or actual.
  2. A favourable point or characteristic.
  3. Something having a positive value in physics, such as an electric charge.
  4. (grammar) A degree of comparison of adjectives and adverbs.
  5. (grammar) An adjective or adverb in the positive degree.
  6. (photography) A positive image; one that displays true colors and shades, as opposed to a negative.
  7. The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
  8. A positive result of a test.
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