Synonyms of positive
1 optimisticDictionary • a positive frame of mind
optimistic • Michael was in a jovial and optimistic mood.
hopeful • Surgeons were hopeful of saving her sight.
upbeat (informal) • Neil's colleagues say he was actually in a joking, upbeat mood.
buoyant • She was in a buoyant mood.
sanguine • He's remarkably sanguine about the problems involved.
2 beneficialDictionary • Working abroad should be a positive experience.
beneficial • vitamins which are beneficial to health
effective • Antibiotics are effective against this organism.
useful • The police gained useful information about the organisation.
practical • We do not yet have any practical way to prevent cancer.
helpful • The catalogue includes helpful information.
productive • a productive relationship
worthwhile • The study did not produce any worthwhile results.
constructive • Both men described the talks as frank, friendly and constructive.
pragmatic • a pragmatic approach to the problems faced by Latin America
efficacious • The nasal spray was new on the market and highly efficacious.
3 favourableDictionary • There has been a positive response to the peace efforts.
favourable • He made favourable comments about her work.
supportive • They were always supportive of each other.
affirmative • He was eager for an affirmative answer.
4 certainDictionary • I'm positive she said she'd be here.
certain • She's absolutely certain she's going to make it as a singer.
sure • She was no longer sure how she felt about him.
confident • I am confident that everything will come out right in time.
satisfied • People must be satisfied that the treatment is safe.
assured • Our victory is assured; nothing can stop us.
free from doubt
, not confident
5 definiteDictionary • There was no positive evidence.
definite • It's too soon to give a definite answer.
clear • It is important to be clear on what the author is saying here.
direct • He denied there was a direct connection between the two cases.
express • The ship was sunk on express orders from the Prime Minister.
actual • She had written some notes, but she hadn't started the actual work.
absolute • He brought the absolute proof that we needed.
concrete • He had no concrete evidence.
decisive • his decisive victory in the elections
explicit • He left explicit instructions on how to set the video timer.
clear-cut • He won a clear-cut victory in yesterday's election.
unmistakable • The unmistakable smell of marijuana drifted down.
conclusive • There is no conclusive evidence that a murder took place.
unequivocal • Richardson's unequivocal commitment to fair play
indisputable • It is indisputable that the animals are harbouring this illness.
categorical • He issued a categorical denial that he had had an affair.
incontrovertible • incontrovertible evidence that the government is violating the agreement
6 absoluteDictionary (informal) • He was in a positive fury.
absolute • A sick person needs to have absolute trust in a doctor.
complete • He made me look like a complete idiot.
perfect • She behaved like a perfect fool.
right (British, informal) • He gave them a right telling off.
real • You must think I'm a real idiot.
total • The car was in a total mess.
rank • He accused his rival of rank hypocrisy.
sheer • acts of sheer desperation
utter • A look of utter confusion swept across his handsome face.
thorough • I was a thorough little academic snob.
downright • downright bad manners
consummate • He was a consummate liar and exaggerator.
veritable • a veritable feast of Christmas TV entertainment
unqualified • The event was an unqualified success.
out-and-out • He's an out-and-out liar.
unmitigated • A senior policeman had called him an unmitigated liar.
7 goodDictionary • He said that the agreement could be a positive sign
good • Biotechnology should be good news for developing countries.
promising • a new and promising stage in the negotiations
encouraging • The results have not been very encouraging.
welcome • a welcome change from the usual routine
favourable • favourable weather conditions
auspicious • His career had an auspicious start.
propitious • the most propitious moment to launch the campaign
assertive • an assertive style of management
decided • a man of very decided opinions
forceful • He was a man of forceful character.
emphatic • His response was immediate and emphatic.
resolute • a decisive and resolute international leader
dogmatic • His dogmatic style deflects opposition.
opinionated • He's an opinionated man who always thinks he knows best.
peremptory • He treated his colleagues in a peremptory manner.
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absoluteAbsolute is used to say that something is definite and will not change even if circumstances change.
• He brought the absolute proof that we needed.
dinkum (Australian, New Zealand, informal),
dinkum (Australian, New Zealand, informal),
absoluteAbsolute means total and complete.
• A sick person needs to have absolute trust in a doctor.
• She had written some notes, but she hadn't started the actual work.
Thesaurus for positive from the Collins English Thesaurus