positive definite

noun Mathematics.
1.
(of a quadratic form) positive for all real values of the variables, where the values are not all zero.
2.
(of a matrix) displaying the coefficients of a positive definite quadratic form.

Origin:
1905–10

positive definiteness, noun
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