Syn. Situation; station; place; condition; attitude; posture; proposition; assertion; thesis.
(Po*si"tion) v. t. To indicate the position of; to place. [R.] Encyc. Brit.
(Po*si"tion*al) a. Of or pertaining to position.
Ascribing unto plants positional operations.Sir T. Browne.
(Pos"i*tive) a. [OE. positif, F. positif, L. positivus. See Position.]
1. Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in fact; real; actual; opposed to negative. "Positive
2. Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute;
opposed to relative; as, the idea of beauty is not positive, but depends on the different tastes individuals.
3. Definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed; opposed to implied; as, a positive declaration
Positive words, that he would not bear arms against King Edward's son.Bacon.
4. Hence: Not admitting of any doubt, condition, qualification, or discretion; not dependent on circumstances
or probabilities; not speculative; compelling assent or obedience; peremptory; indisputable; decisive; as,
positive instructions; positive truth; positive proof. "'T is positive 'gainst all exceptions." Shak.
5. Prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by arbitrary appointment; said of laws.
In laws, that which is natural bindeth universally; that which is positive, not so.Hooker.
6. Fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes, overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; said of persons.
Some positive, persisting fops we know,Pope.
That, if once wrong, will needs be always.
7. Having the power of direct action or influence; as, a positive voice in legislation. Swift.
8. (Photog.) Corresponding with the original in respect to the position of lights and shades, instead of
having the lights and shades reversed; as, a positive picture.
9. (Chem.) (a) Electro- positive. (b) Hence, basic; metallic; not acid; opposed to negative, and said
of metals, bases, and basic radicals.
Positive crystals (Opt.), a doubly refracting crystal in which the index of refraction for the extraordinary
ray is greater than for the ordinary ray, and the former is refracted nearer to the axis than the latter, as
quartz and ice; opposed to negative crystal, or one in which this characteristic is reversed, as Iceland