What are some opposite words for Positive?

Antonyms for Positive
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This page is about all possible antonyms and opposite words for the term Positive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. positive, positive degree(noun)

    the primary form of an adjective or adverb; denotes a quality without qualification, comparison, or relation to increase or diminution

    Antonyms:
    neutralised, diffident, Gram-negative, counter, incertain, negative, unsure, neutral, viewless, uncharged, timid, uncertain, minus, deniable, antagonistic, disconfirming, shy, informal, perverse, neutralized, disadvantageous

    Synonyms:
    positive, positive degree

  2. positive(adj)

    a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject

    Antonyms:
    perverse, informal, disadvantageous, uncertain, viewless, timid, minus, neutral, unsure, incertain, disconfirming, Gram-negative, negative, antagonistic, neutralized, diffident, neutralised, deniable, shy, counter, uncharged

    Synonyms:
    positive degree

  3. positive(adj)

    characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.

    "a positive attitude"; "the reviews were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive demand"

    Antonyms:
    neutralized, Gram-negative, uncertain, neutral, minus, uncharged, counter, incertain, disconfirming, neutralised, unsure, negative, disadvantageous, diffident, perverse, antagonistic, deniable, timid, informal, shy, viewless

    Synonyms:
    cocksure, incontrovertible, prescribed, positivist, overconfident, electropositive, positively charged, irrefutable, convinced(p), plus, positive(p), confirming, confident(p), positivistic

  4. convinced(p), positive(p), confident(p)(adj)

    persuaded of; very sure

    "were convinced that it would be to their advantage to join"; "I am positive he is lying"; "was confident he would win"

    Antonyms:
    incertain, viewless, minus, neutralized, perverse, neutral, uncharged, negative, unsure, Gram-negative, antagonistic, diffident, disconfirming, uncertain, timid, shy, deniable, informal, counter, neutralised, disadvantageous

  5. plus, positive(adj)

    involving advantage or good

    "a plus (or positive) factor"

    Antonyms:
    neutralised, negative, unsure, minus, counter, deniable, disconfirming, shy, neutral, disadvantageous, neutralized, uncertain, diffident, viewless, antagonistic, uncharged, Gram-negative, incertain, timid, informal, perverse

    Synonyms:
    cocksure, positive, prescribed, positivist, overconfident, electropositive, positively charged, irrefutable, convinced(p), positivistic, plus, positive(p), confirming, confident(p), incontrovertible

  6. positive, confirming(adj)

    indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen

    "a positive pregnancy test"

    Antonyms:
    Gram-negative, perverse, uncertain, uncharged, neutralized, incertain, counter, disadvantageous, unsure, negative, neutralised, deniable, diffident, neutral, antagonistic, timid, informal, shy, minus, viewless, disconfirming

    Synonyms:
    irrefutable, confirming, confident(p), positively charged, substantiative, positive(p), verifying, confirmatory, electropositive, collateral, incontrovertible, confirmative, positive, validating, substantiating, positivistic, corroborative, plus, convinced(p), validatory, prescribed, positivist, corroboratory, cocksure, overconfident, verificatory

  7. positive, prescribed(adj)

    formally laid down or imposed

    "positive laws"

    Antonyms:
    unsure, minus, uncertain, shy, negative, uncharged, counter, neutralized, timid, perverse, incertain, neutralised, Gram-negative, viewless, diffident, disadvantageous, deniable, informal, neutral, disconfirming, antagonistic

    Synonyms:
    irrefutable, decreed, confirming, confident(p), official, positively charged, positive(p), electropositive, incontrovertible, positive, positivistic, ordained, plus, convinced(p), prescribed, appointed, positivist, cocksure, overconfident

  8. incontrovertible, irrefutable, positive(adj)

    impossible to deny or disprove

    "incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence"; "proof positive"; "an irrefutable argument"

    Antonyms:
    Gram-negative, counter, deniable, negative, uncertain, shy, unsure, viewless, informal, uncharged, antagonistic, neutral, disconfirming, neutralised, perverse, neutralized, disadvantageous, incertain, minus, timid, diffident

    Synonyms:
    cocksure, positive, demonstrable, positivist, overconfident, electropositive, prescribed, positively charged, irrefutable, convinced(p), positivistic, plus, positive(p), confirming, confident(p), incontrovertible

  9. positivist, positivistic, positive(adj)

    of or relating to positivism

    "positivist thinkers"; "positivist doctrine"; "positive philosophy"

    Antonyms:
    perverse, neutralized, minus, deniable, informal, incertain, unsure, negative, diffident, uncertain, Gram-negative, viewless, antagonistic, uncharged, neutral, timid, neutralised, disconfirming, disadvantageous, shy, counter

    Synonyms:
    cocksure, positive, prescribed, positivist, overconfident, electropositive, positively charged, irrefutable, convinced(p), incontrovertible, plus, positive(p), confirming, confident(p), positivistic

  10. positive(adj)

    reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion

    "positive increase in graduating students"

    Antonyms:
    neutral, negative, neutralised, antagonistic, deniable, uncertain, minus, uncharged, informal, timid, counter, incertain, disconfirming, shy, unsure, Gram-negative, viewless, neutralized, perverse, diffident, disadvantageous

    Synonyms:
    cocksure, incontrovertible, prescribed, positivist, overconfident, electropositive, positively charged, irrefutable, convinced(p), plus, positive(p), confirming, confident(p), positivistic

  11. positive(adj)

    greater than zero

    "positive numbers"

    Antonyms:
    antagonistic, perverse, disconfirming, disadvantageous, counter, Gram-negative, minus, incertain, unsure, negative, neutralized, deniable, shy, uncertain, viewless, neutral, informal, uncharged, neutralised, diffident, timid

    Synonyms:
    cocksure, incontrovertible, prescribed, positivist, overconfident, electropositive, positively charged, irrefutable, convinced(p), plus, positive(p), confirming, confident(p), positivistic

  12. positive, electropositive, positively charged(adj)

    having a positive charge

    "protons are positive"

    Antonyms:
    unsure, incertain, counter, shy, viewless, deniable, diffident, uncharged, uncertain, neutralized, informal, negative, neutralised, Gram-negative, perverse, antagonistic, disconfirming, minus, disadvantageous, neutral, timid

    Synonyms:
    cocksure, incontrovertible, prescribed, positivist, overconfident, electropositive, positively charged, irrefutable, convinced(p), positive, plus, positive(p), confirming, confident(p), positivistic

  13. cocksure, overconfident, positive(adj)

    marked by excessive confidence

    "an arrogant and cocksure materialist"; "so overconfident and impudent as to speak to the queen"; "the less he knows the more positive he gets"

    Antonyms:
    informal, uncharged, shy, neutralised, perverse, neutral, incertain, uncertain, minus, disadvantageous, unsure, neutralized, antagonistic, negative, deniable, timid, viewless, diffident, counter, disconfirming, Gram-negative

    Synonyms:
    cocksure, positive, prescribed, positivist, overconfident, electropositive, positively charged, irrefutable, convinced(p), positivistic, plus, positive(p), confirming, confident(p), incontrovertible

Wiktionary

  1. positive(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    certain, wis, sure

  2. positive(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    negative

  3. positive(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    nonpositive

  4. positive(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    uncertain, unsure

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. positive

    In the strict sense, absolute, free from all limitation or control, and supreme, superior to all, can not properly be said of any being except the divine. Both words are used, however, in a modified sense, of human authorities; absolute then signifying free from limitation by other authority, and supreme exalted over all other; as, an absolute monarch, the supreme court. Absolute, in this use, does not necessarily carry any unfavorable sense, but as absolute power in human hands is always abused, the unfavorable meaning predominates. Autocratic power knows no limits outside the ruler's self; arbitrary power, none outside the ruler's will or judgment, arbitrary carrying the implication of wilfulness and capriciousness. Despotic is commonly applied to a masterful or severe use of power, which is expressed more decidedly by tyrannical. Arbitrary may be used in a good sense; as, the pronunciation of proper names is arbitrary; but the bad sense is the prevailing one; as, an arbitrary proceeding. Irresponsible power is not necessarily bad, but eminently dangerous; an executor or trustee should not be irresponsible; an irresponsible ruler is likely to be tyrannical. A perfect ruler might be irresponsible and not tyrannical. Authoritative is used always in a good sense, implying the right to claim authority; imperative, peremptory, and positive are used ordinarily in the good sense; as, an authoritative definition; an imperative demand; a peremptory command; positive instructions; imperious signifies assuming and determined to command, rigorously requiring obedience. An imperious demand or requirement may have in it nothing offensive; it is simply one that resolutely insists upon compliance, and will not brook refusal; an arrogant demand is offensive by its tone of superiority, an arbitrary demand by its unreasonableness; an imperious disposition is liable to become arbitrary and arrogant. A person of an independent spirit is inclined to resent an imperious manner in any one, especially in one whose superiority is not clearly recognized. Commanding is always used in a good sense; as, a commanding appearance; a commanding eminence. Compare DOGMATIC; INFINITE; PERFECT.

    Antonyms:
    accountable, complaisant, compliant, conditional, constitutional, contingent, docile, ductile, gentle, humble, lenient, limited, lowly, meek, mild, responsible, submissive, yielding

    Synonyms:
    absolute, arbitrary, arrogant, authoritative, autocratic, coercive, commanding, compulsive, compulsory, controlling, despotic, dictatorial, dogmatic, domineering, exacting, haughty, imperative, imperious, irresponsible, lordly, overbearing, peremptory, supreme, tyrannical, unconditional, unequivocal

How to use Positive in a sentence?

  1. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius:

    It is very positive.

  2. Moe Howard:

    Only fools are positive.

  3. Drake Kramer:

    We are trying to be positive.

  4. Duncan Eley:

    That's positive in isolation.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    HOPE is House Of Positive Energy

Words popularity by usage frequency

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#751limited
#1237responsible
#1467positive
#2277counter
#2605negative
#2927relative
#3780dependent
#4904moral
#5870constitutional
#5908neutral
#6670implied
#7210informal
#7518indirect
#7995compliant
#7996minus
#8075gentle
#8164mild
#8529occasional
#9933conditional
#11163shy
#11666uncertain
#12155humble
#12571accountable
#13230unreal
#13349unsure
#13558contingent
#13890suspicious
#15385questionable
#15937imaginary
#18856yielding
#20066doubtful
#23071dubious
#27219fictitious
#29257submissive
#29487meek
#31554perverse
#33672timid
#37657lowly
#49221antagonistic
#49824ductile
#54137lenient
#60973neutralized
#66707docile
#90817insubstantial
#96594disadvantageous
#120248uncharged
#165749neutralised
#165988diffident
#249010nonpositive
#268748deniable
#293856complaisant

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