But, my boy, your positiveness on this subject is extraordinary.
The positiveness of their beliefs was a special source of wonder to him.
But meantime, all we can say with positiveness is this: man, the created, is becoming the creator.
She varied her phrase, with the same incongruous effect of positiveness.
"You want to get away without seeing him again," he remarked, in a tone of positiveness, as if the matter admitted of no doubt.
All things strive for positiveness, for themselves, or for quasi-systems of which they are parts.
Well, at least he hadn't stated with positiveness that there hadn't been and couldn't be.
It was a sort of muffled wail, but there was no mistaking its positiveness.
"Oh, I can think of a dozen things worse," he rejoined with some positiveness.
"Of course," replied Johannes, with a positiveness that was a challenge.
early 14c., originally a legal term meaning "formally laid down," from Old French positif (13c.) and directly from Latin positivus "settled by agreement, positive" (opposed to naturalis "natural"), from positus, past participle of ponere "put, place" (see position (n.)).
Sense of "absolute" is from mid-15c. Meaning in philosophy of "dealing only with facts" is from 1590s. Sense broadened to "expressed without qualification" (1590s), then "confident in opinion" (1660s); mathematical use is from 1704; in electricity, 1755. Psychological sense of "concentrating on what is constructive and good" is recorded from 1916.
1520s, from positive (adj.).
positive pos·i·tive (pŏz'ĭ-tĭv)
Characterized by or displaying certainty, acceptance, or affirmation.
Indicating the presence of a particular disease, condition, or organism.
Indicating or characterized by response or motion toward the source of a stimulus, such as light.
Relating to or designating electric charge of a sign opposite to that of an electron.