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  7  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  {Law  of  Charles}  (Physics),  the  law  that  the  volume  of  a 
  given  mass  of  gas  increases  or  decreases,  by  a  definite 
  fraction  of  its  value  for  a  given  rise  or  fall  of 
  temperature;  --  sometimes  less  correctly  styled  {Gay 
  Lussac's  law},  or  {Dalton's  law}. 
  {Law  of  nations}.  See  {International  law},  under 
  {Law  of  nature}. 
  a  A  broad  generalization  expressive  of  the  constant 
  action  or  effect,  of  natural  conditions;  as  death 
  is  a  law  of  nature;  self-defense  is  a  law  of  nature. 
  See  {Law},  4. 
  b  A  term  denoting  the  standard,  or  system,  of  morality 
  deducible  from  a  study  of  the  nature  and  natural 
  relations  of  human  beings  independent  of  supernatural 
  revelation  or  of  municipal  and  social  usages. 
  {Law  of  the  land},  due  process  of  law;  the  general  law  of  the 
  {Laws  of  honor}.  See  under  {Honor}. 
  {Laws  of  motion}  (Physics),  three  laws  defined  by  Sir  Isaac 
  Newton:  (1)  Every  body  perseveres  in  its  state  of  rest  or 
  of  moving  uniformly  in  a  straight  line  except  so  far  as 
  it  is  made  to  change  that  state  by  external  force.  (2) 
  Change  of  motion  is  proportional  to  the  impressed  force, 
  and  takes  place  in  the  direction  in  which  the  force  is 
  impressed.  (3)  Reaction  is  always  equal  and  opposite  to 
  action  that  is  to  say  the  actions  of  two  bodies  upon 
  each  other  are  always  equal  and  in  opposite  directions. 
  {Marine  law},  or  {Maritime  law},  the  law  of  the  sea;  a  branch 
  of  the  law  merchant  relating  to  the  affairs  of  the  sea, 
  such  as  seamen,  ships,  shipping,  navigation,  and  the  like 
  {Mariotte's  law}.  See  {Boyle's  law}  (above). 
  {Martial  law}.See  under  {Martial}. 
  {Military  law},  a  branch  of  the  general  municipal  law, 
  consisting  of  rules  ordained  for  the  government  of  the 
  military  force  of  a  state  in  peace  and  war,  and 
  administered  in  courts  martial.  --Kent.  Warren's 
  {Moral  law},the  law  of  duty  as  regards  what  is  right  and 
  wrong  in  the  sight  of  God;  specifically,  the  ten 
  commandments  given  by  Moses.  See  {Law},  2. 
  {Mosaic},  or  {Ceremonial},  {law}.  (Script.)  See  {Law},  3. 
  {Municipal},  or  {Positive},  {law},  a  rule  prescribed  by  the 
  supreme  power  of  a  state,  declaring  some  right  enforcing 
  some  duty,  or  prohibiting  some  act  --  distinguished  from 
  international  and  constitutional  law.  See  {Law},  1. 
  {Periodic  law}.  (Chem.)  See  under  {Periodic}. 
  {Roman  law},  the  system  of  principles  and  laws  found  in  the 
  codes  and  treatises  of  the  lawmakers  and  jurists  of 
  ancient  Rome,  and  incorporated  more  or  less  into  the  laws 
  of  the  several  European  countries  and  colonies  founded  by 
  them  See  {Civil  law}  (above). 
  {Statute  law},  the  law  as  stated  in  statutes  or  positive 
  enactments  of  the  legislative  body. 
  {Sumptuary  law}.  See  under  {Sumptuary}. 
  {To  go  to  law},  to  seek  a  settlement  of  any  matter  by 
  bringing  it  before  the  courts  of  law;  to  sue  or  prosecute 
  some  one 
  {To}  {take,  or  have},  {the  law  of},  to  bring  the  law  to  bear 
  upon  as  to  take  the  law  of  one's  neighbor.  --Addison. 
  {Wager  of  law}.  See  under  {Wager}. 
  Syn:  Justice;  equity. 
  Usage:  {Law},  {Statute},  {Common  law},  {Regulation},  {Edict}, 
  {Decree}.  Law  is  generic,  and  when  used  with 
  reference  to  or  in  connection  with  the  other  words 
  here  considered,  denotes  whatever  is  commanded  by  one 
  who  has  a  right  to  require  obedience.  A  statute  is  a 
  particular  law  drawn  out  in  form  and  distinctly 
  enacted  and  proclaimed.  Common  law  is  a  rule  of  action 
  founded  on  long  usage  and  the  decisions  of  courts  of 
  justice.  A  regulation  is  a  limited  and  often 
  temporary  law,  intended  to  secure  some  particular  end 
  or  object.  An  edict  is  a  command  or  law  issued  by  a 
  sovereign,  and  is  peculiar  to  a  despotic  government.  A 
  decree  is  a  permanent  order  either  of  a  court  or  of 
  the  executive  government.  See  {Justice}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Positive  \Pos"i*tive\,  a. 
  1.  (Mach.  &  Mech.) 
  a  Designating,  or  pertaining  to  a  motion  or  device  in 
  which  the  movement  derived  from  a  driver,  or  the  grip 
  or  hold  of  a  restraining  piece,  is  communicated 
  through  an  unyielding  intermediate  piece  or  pieces; 
  as  a  claw  clutch  is  a  positive  clutch,  while  a 
  friction  clutch  is  not 
  b  Designating,  or  pertaining  to  a  device  giving  a 
  to-and-fro  motion;  as  a  positive  dobby. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Demonstration  \Dem`on*stra"tion\,  n.  [L.  demonstratio:  cf  F. 
  1.  The  act  of  demonstrating;  an  exhibition;  proof; 
  especially,  proof  beyond  the  possibility  of  doubt; 
  indubitable  evidence,  to  the  senses  or  reason. 
  Those  intervening  ideas  which  serve  to  show  the 
  agreement  of  any  two  others  are  called  ``proofs;'' 
  and  where  agreement  or  disagreement  is  by  this  means 
  plainly  and  clearly  perceived,  it  is  called 
  demonstration.  --Locke. 
  2.  An  expression,  as  of  the  feelings,  by  outward  signs;  a 
  manifestation;  a  show 
  Did  your  letters  pierce  the  queen  to  any 
  demonstration  of  grief?  --Shak. 
  Loyal  demonstrations  toward  the  prince.  --Prescott. 
  3.  (Anat.)  The  exhibition  and  explanation  of  a  dissection  or 
  other  anatomical  preparation. 
  4.  (Mil.)  a  decisive  exhibition  of  force,  or  a  movement 
  indicating  an  attack. 
  5.  (Logic)  The  act  of  proving  by  the  syllogistic  process,  or 
  the  proof  itself 
  6.  (Math.)  A  course  of  reasoning  showing  that  a  certain 
  result  is  a  necessary  consequence  of  assumed  premises;  -- 
  these  premises  being  definitions,  axioms,  and  previously 
  established  propositions. 
  {Direct},  or  {Positive},  {demonstration}  (Logic  &  Math.),  one 
  in  which  the  correct  conclusion  is  the  immediate  sequence 
  of  reasoning  from  axiomatic  or  established  premises;  -- 
  opposed  to 
  {Indirect},  or  {Negative},  {demonstration}  (called  also 
  {reductio  ad  absurdum}),  in  which  the  correct  conclusion 
  is  an  inference  from  the  demonstration  that  any  other 
  hypothesis  must  be  incorrect. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Positive  \Pos"i*tive\,  n. 
  1.  That  which  is  capable  of  being  affirmed;  reality.  --South. 
  2.  That  which  settles  by  absolute  appointment. 
  3.  (Gram.)  The  positive  degree  or  form 
  4.  (Photog.)  A  picture  in  which  the  lights  and  shades 
  correspond  in  position  with  those  of  the  original,  instead 
  of  being  reversed,  as  in  a  negative.  --R.  Hunt. 
  5.  (Elec.)  The  positive  plate  of  a  voltaic  or  electrolytic 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Positive  \Pos"i*tive\,  a.  [OE.  positif  F.  positif  L. 
  positivus  See  {Position}.] 
  1.  Having  a  real  position,  existence,  or  energy;  existing  in 
  fact  real;  actual;  --  opposed  to  negative.  ``Positive 
  good.''  --Bacon. 
  2.  Derived  from  an  object  by  itself  not  dependent  on 
  changing  circumstances  or  relations;  absolute;  --  opposed 
  to  relative;  as  the  idea  of  beauty  is  not  positive,  but 
  depends  on  the  different  tastes  individuals. 
  3.  Definitely  laid  down  explicitly  stated;  clearly 
  expressed;  --  opposed  to  implied;  as  a  positive 
  declaration  or  promise. 
  Positive  words  that  he  would  not  bear  arms  against 
  King  Edward's  son.  --Bacon. 
  4.  Hence:  Not  admitting  of  any  doubt,  condition, 
  qualification,  or  discretion;  not  dependent  on 
  circumstances  or  probabilities;  not  speculative; 
  compelling  assent  or  obedience;  peremptory;  indisputable; 
  decisive;  as  positive  instructions;  positive  truth; 
  positive  proof.  ``'T  is  positive  'gainst  all  exceptions.'' 
  5.  Prescribed  by  express  enactment  or  institution;  settled  by 
  arbitrary  appointment;  said  of  laws. 
  In  laws,  that  which  is  natural  bindeth  universally; 
  that  which  is  positive,  not  so  --Hooker. 
  6.  Fully  assured;  confident;  certain;  sometimes 
  overconfident;  dogmatic;  overbearing;  --  said  of  persons. 
  Some  positive,  persisting  fops  we  know  That  if 
  once  wrong  will  needs  be  always  --Pope. 
  7.  Having  the  power  of  direct  action  or  influence;  as  a 
  positive  voice  in  legislation.  --Swift. 
  8.  (Photog.)  Corresponding  with  the  original  in  respect  to 
  the  position  of  lights  and  shades,  instead  of  having  the 
  lights  and  shades  reversed;  as  a  positive  picture. 
  9.  (Chem.) 
  a  Electro-positive. 
  b  Hence  basic;  metallic;  not  acid;  --  opposed  to 
  {negative},  and  said  of  metals,  bases,  and  basic 
  {Positive  crystals}  (Opt.),  a  doubly  refracting  crystal  in 
  which  the  index  of  refraction  for  the  extraordinary  ray  is 
  greater  than  for  the  ordinary  ray,  and  the  former  is 
  refracted  nearer  to  the  axis  than  the  latter,  as  quartz 
  and  ice;  --  opposed  to  negative  crystal,  or  one  in  which 
  this  characteristic  is  reversed,  as  Iceland  spar, 
  tourmaline,  etc 
  {Positive  degree}  (Gram.),  that  state  of  an  adjective  or 
  adverb  which  denotes  simple  quality,  without  comparison  or 
  relation  to  increase  or  diminution;  as  wise,  noble. 
  {Positive  electricity}  (Elec),  the  kind  of  electricity  which 
  is  developed  when  glass  is  rubbed  with  silk,  or  which 
  appears  at  that  pole  of  a  voltaic  battery  attached  to  the 
  plate  that  is  not  attacked  by  the  exciting  liquid;  -- 
  formerly  called  {vitreous  electricity};  --  opposed  to 
  {negative  electricity}. 
  {Positive  eyepiece}.  See  under  {Eyepiece}. 
  {Positive  law}.  See  {Municipal  law},  under  {Law}. 
  {Positive  motion}  (Mach.),  motion  which  is  derived  from  a 
  driver  through  unyielding  intermediate  pieces,  or  by 
  direct  contact  and  not  through  elastic  connections,  nor 
  by  means  of  friction,  gravity,  etc.;  definite  motion. 
  {Positive  philosophy}.  See  {Positivism}. 
  {Positive  pole}. 
  a  (Elec.)  The  pole  of  a  battery  or  pile  which  yields 
  positive  or  vitreous  electricity;  --  opposed  to 
  {negative  pole}. 
  b  (Magnetism)  The  north  pole.  [R.] 
  {Positive  quantity}  (Alg.),  an  affirmative  quantity,  or  one 
  affected  by  the  sign  plus  [+]. 
  {Positive  rotation}  (Mech.),  left-handed  rotation. 
  {Positive  sign}  (Math.),  the  sign  [+]  denoting  plus,  or  more 
  or  addition. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  characterized  by  or  displaying  affirmation  or  acceptance  or 
  certainty  etc.;  "a  positive  attitude";  "the  reviews 
  were  all  positive";  "a  positive  benefit";  "a  positive 
  demand"  [ant:  {negative},  {neutral}] 
  2:  involving  advantage  or  good;  "a  plus  (or  positive)  factor" 
  [syn:  {plus}] 
  3:  having  a  positive  electric  charge;  "protons  are  positive" 
  [syn:  {electropositive}]  [ant:  {negative},  {neutral}] 
  4:  (med)  indicating  existence  or  presence  of  a  suspected 
  condition  or  pathogen;  "a  positive  pregnancy  test"  [syn:  {confirming}] 
  [ant:  {negative}] 
  5:  formally  laid  down  or  imposed;  "positive  laws"  [syn:  {prescribed}] 
  6:  impossible  to  deny  or  disprove;  "incontrovertible  proof  of 
  the  defendant's  innocence";  "proof  positive";  "an 
  irrefutable  argument"  [syn:  {incontrovertible},  {irrefutable}] 
  7:  of  or  relating  to  positivism;  "positivist  thinkers"; 
  "positivist  doctrine";  "positive  philosophy"  [syn:  {positivist}, 
  8:  (mathematics)  greater  than  zero;  "positive  numbers" 
  9:  marked  by  excessive  confidence;  "an  arrogant  and  cocksure 
  materialist";  "so  bold  and  impudent  as  to  speak  to  the 
  queen";  "the  less  he  knows  the  more  positive  he  gets" 
  [syn:  {bold},  {cocksure},  {overconfident}] 
  10:  persuaded  of  very  sure  "were  convinced  that  it  would  be  to 
  their  advantage  to  join";  "I  am  positive  he  is  lying"; 
  "was  confident  he  would  win"  [syn:  {convinced(p)},  {positive(p)}, 
  11:  granting  what  has  been  desired  or  requested;  "a  favorable 
  reply";  "a  positive  answer"  [syn:  {favorable}] 
  n  :  a  film  showing  a  photographic  image  whose  tones  correspond 
  to  those  of  the  original  subject 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  POSITIVE,  adj  Mistaken  at  the  top  of  one's  voice. 

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