English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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
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real, actual, substantial, absolute, independent, unconditional, unequivocal, explicit, fixed, settled, definitive, indisputable, decisive, express, enacted, assured, confident, direct, dogmatic, overbearing, dogmatical
negative, insubstantial, unreal, fictitious, imaginary, relative, contingent, dependent, conditional, implied, dubious, questionable, moral, uncertain, doubtful, indirect, occasional, suspicious
positive, positive degreenoun
the primary form of an adjective or adverb; denotes a quality without qualification, comparison, or relation to increase or diminution
neutralised, diffident, Gram-negative, counter, incertain, negative, unsure, neutral, viewless, uncharged, timid, uncertain, minus, deniable, antagonistic, disconfirming, shy, informal, perverse, neutralized, disadvantageous
a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject
perverse, informal, disadvantageous, uncertain, viewless, timid, minus, neutral, unsure, incertain, disconfirming, Gram-negative, negative, antagonistic, neutralized, diffident, neutralised, deniable, shy, counter, uncharged
characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
"a positive attitude"; "the reviews were all positive"; "a positive benefit"; "a positive demand"
neutralized, Gram-negative, uncertain, neutral, minus, uncharged, counter, incertain, disconfirming, neutralised, unsure, negative, disadvantageous, diffident, perverse, antagonistic, deniable, timid, informal, shy, viewless
convinced(p), positive(p), confident(p)adjective
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"
incertain, viewless, minus, neutralized, perverse, neutral, uncharged, negative, unsure, Gram-negative, antagonistic, diffident, disconfirming, uncertain, timid, shy, deniable, informal, counter, neutralised, disadvantageous
involving advantage or good
"a plus (or positive) factor"
neutralised, negative, unsure, minus, counter, deniable, disconfirming, shy, neutral, disadvantageous, neutralized, uncertain, diffident, viewless, antagonistic, uncharged, Gram-negative, incertain, timid, informal, perverse
indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen
"a positive pregnancy test"
irrefutable, confirming, confident(p), positively charged, substantiative, positive(p), verifying, confirmatory, electropositive, collateral, incontrovertible, confirmative, validating, substantiating, positivistic, corroborative, plus, convinced(p), validatory, prescribed, positivist, corroboratory, cocksure, overconfident, verificatory
Gram-negative, perverse, uncertain, uncharged, neutralized, incertain, counter, disadvantageous, unsure, negative, neutralised, deniable, diffident, neutral, antagonistic, timid, informal, shy, minus, viewless, disconfirming
formally laid down or imposed
irrefutable, decreed, confirming, confident(p), official, positively charged, positive(p), electropositive, incontrovertible, positivistic, ordained, plus, convinced(p), prescribed, appointed, positivist, cocksure, overconfident
unsure, minus, uncertain, shy, negative, uncharged, counter, neutralized, timid, perverse, incertain, neutralised, Gram-negative, viewless, diffident, disadvantageous, deniable, informal, neutral, disconfirming, antagonistic
incontrovertible, irrefutable, positiveadjective
impossible to deny or disprove
"incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence"; "proof positive"; "an irrefutable argument"
cocksure, demonstrable, positivist, overconfident, electropositive, prescribed, positively charged, irrefutable, convinced(p), positivistic, plus, positive(p), confirming, confident(p), incontrovertible
Gram-negative, counter, deniable, negative, uncertain, shy, unsure, viewless, informal, uncharged, antagonistic, neutral, disconfirming, neutralised, perverse, neutralized, disadvantageous, incertain, minus, timid, diffident
positivist, positivistic, positiveadjective
of or relating to positivism
"positivist thinkers"; "positivist doctrine"; "positive philosophy"
perverse, neutralized, minus, deniable, informal, incertain, unsure, negative, diffident, uncertain, Gram-negative, viewless, antagonistic, uncharged, neutral, timid, neutralised, disconfirming, disadvantageous, shy, counter
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"
neutral, negative, neutralised, antagonistic, deniable, uncertain, minus, uncharged, informal, timid, counter, incertain, disconfirming, shy, unsure, Gram-negative, viewless, neutralized, perverse, diffident, disadvantageous
greater than zero
antagonistic, perverse, disconfirming, disadvantageous, counter, Gram-negative, minus, incertain, unsure, negative, neutralized, deniable, shy, uncertain, viewless, neutral, informal, uncharged, neutralised, diffident, timid
positive, electropositive, positively chargedadjective
having a positive charge
"protons are positive"
unsure, incertain, counter, shy, viewless, deniable, diffident, uncharged, uncertain, neutralized, informal, negative, neutralised, Gram-negative, perverse, antagonistic, disconfirming, minus, disadvantageous, neutral, timid
cocksure, overconfident, positiveadjective
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"
informal, uncharged, shy, neutralised, perverse, neutral, incertain, uncertain, minus, disadvantageous, unsure, neutralized, antagonistic, negative, deniable, timid, viewless, diffident, counter, disconfirming, Gram-negative
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I wanted to make something positive ... First of all I wanted to do a film for all generations ... because it is about a life lived, there's so much of a debate at the moment about what Britain is and what Britain is not and how it's excluding and how it's isolating itself. I wanted to celebrate what I feel Britain is, which is something much more lively and vibrant and cheery - the comedy heritage, the literary heritage, the variety, the arts.
The constructive trend in claims in recent weeks suggests that the positive labor market trend is continuing.
I’m aware I’m going out on a ledge, but I live my life on ledges, we’re interested in going in a positive direction until we’re stopped.
The discussion took place in a positive climate, the process will be extremely fast. It starts in the coming hours, with the aim to conclude by the end of the week at the latest.
It's a positive step, but it's too early to tell where this is going, you still have a small number of companies, small fields and we need more interesting players.
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- ايجابي, موجب, صورة موجبة, إيجابيArabic
- positiuCatalan, Valencian
- pozitivní, kladný, pozitivCzech
- positiv, PositivfilmGerman
- positivo, supuestoSpanish
- luottavainen, positiivinen, varma, kokonainen, absoluuttinen, perusmuotoinen, myönteinen, varsinainen, todellinen, perusasteinen, positiivi, asia, perusaste, hyvä puoli, etu, positiivinen luku, tosiasia, positiivinen suureFinnish
- positif, strictement positifFrench
- deimhinnScottish Gaelic
- 正, 明確な, ポジフィルム, ポジティブJapanese
- ភាពវិជ្ជមាន, ជាវិជ្ជមានKhmer
- 확실한, 양Korean
- positivus, positiveLatin
- HIV positief, positief, stellende trapDutch
- HIV pozitiv, pozitiv, pozitiv grad, pozitiv filmRomanian
- положительный, позитивный, положительная степень, позитивRussian
- emin, olumlu, pozitifTurkish
- tích cựcVietnamese
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