Academic Word List

The 570 most common words in English academic texts

Type: noun, adjective

Definitions: (noun) A positive is a good thing or part of something. (adjective) If a test result is positive, the test found what it was testing for. (adjective) If you are positive about something, you are sure that you are not mistaken. (adjective) A positive number or value is more than zero. (adjective) If something is positive, it is good, happy, or wanted.

Examples: (noun) There are many positives to take away from this research. (adjective) The test was positive for bacteria in the blood. (adjective) The guard at Euston was positive that on that particular day he had locked the door. (adjective) A positive number multiplied by a negative number results in a negative. (adjective) The changes in the prices were all positive. (adjective) After using the new skin cream for four weeks, most women showed positive results, reporting that their skin felt smoother and softer and looked better. (adjective) A balanced diet, exercise, and a positive attitude are all things that give you a sense of well being.

Synonyms: adjectives: good, beneficial, helpful. sure.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 2 B

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