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1‘I am confident of getting a positive response from the commission’
affirmative, favourable, approving, in the affirmative, good, constructive, enthusiastic, supportive, reassuring, encouraging, corroborative
2‘the results of the blood test were positive’
showing a reaction, affirmative
3‘do something positive about your problems’
constructive, practical, useful, pragmatic, productive, helpful, worthwhile, beneficial, effective, efficacious
4‘she seems a lot more positive these days’
optimistic, hopeful, confident, forward-looking, cheerful, sanguine, buoyant, assured
5‘in spite of these positive signs, economists are not predicting a recovery’
favourable, good, pleasing, welcome, promising, encouraging, heartening, propitious, auspicious
6‘positive proof of identification must be produced’
definite, conclusive, certain, categorical, unequivocal, incontrovertible, indisputable, undeniable, incontestable, unmistakable, unambiguous, indubitable, unquestionable, irrefutable, beyond question, beyond a doubt, absolute, reliable, persuasive, convincing, concrete, tangible, clear, clear-cut, precise, direct, explicit, express, firm, decisive, real, actual
informal as sure as eggs is eggs
7‘I am positive that he's not coming back’
certain, sure, convinced, confident, satisfied, free from doubt, assured, persuaded
8‘the journey was a positive nightmare’
utter, complete, sheer, absolute, real, total, perfect, out-and-out, pure, outright, thoroughgoing, thorough, downright, unmitigated, unqualified, consummate, veritable, rank, unalloyed
British informal right, bloody
NZ Australian informal fair
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