Positive

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Positive is a property of positivity and may refer to:

Mathematics and science[edit]

Philosophy and humanities[edit]

  • Affirmative (linguistics), a property of a non-negated expression (the opposite of negative)
  • Affirmative (policy debate), the team which affirms the resolution
  • A positive image, in photography, is one in which the value (lightness–darkness) correlates positively with that in the scene depicted
  • Negative and positive rights, concerning the moral obligation of a person to do something for/to someone
  • Positive economics, in economics, about predictions of behavior of economic actors, as opposed to the normative aspect
  • Positive law is man-made law (statutes) in contrast with natural law (derived from deities or morality)
  • Positive liberty, the opportunity and ability to act to fulfill one's own potential
  • Positive (linguistics), the form of an adjective or adverb on which comparative and superlative are formed with suffixes or the use of more or less
  • Positive psychology, a branch of psychology
  • Positive science, for a general usage in humanities and social sciences referring to either
    • something being value-free, the opposite of normative
    • the act of something being described in terms of facts alone
  • Positive statement, in economics and philosophy, a (possibly incorrect) factual statement about what is, as opposed to what should be (a normative statement)
  • Positivism, in philosophy, the name for theories which aim to be based on facts alone, eschewing metaphysics and religion

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