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LAW, POSITIVE. Positive law, as used in opposition to natural law, may be considered in a threefold point of view. 1. The universal voluntary law, or those rules which are presumed to be law, by the uniform practice of nations in general, and by the manifest utility of the rules themselves. 2. The customary law, or that which, from motives of convenience, has, by tacit, but implied agreement, prevailed, not generally indeed among all nations, nor with so permanent a utility as to become a portion of the universal voluntary law, but enough to have acquired a prescriptive obligation among certain states so situated as to be mutually benefited by it. 1 Taunt. 241. 3. The conventional law, or that which is agreed between particular states by express treaty, a law binding on the parties among whom such treaties are in force. 1 Chit. Comm. Law, 28.

POSITIVE. Express; absolute; not doubtful. This word is frequently used in composition.
     2. A positive condition is where the thing which is the subject of it must happen; as, if I marry. It is opposed to a negative condition, which is where the thing which is the subject of it must not happen; as, if I do not marry.
     3. A positive fraud is the intentional and successful employment of any cunning, deception or artifice, to circumvent, cheat, or deceive another. 1 Story, Eq. Sec. 186; Dig. 4, 3, 1, 2; Dig. 2, 14, 7, 9. It is cited in opposition to constructive fraud. (q.v.)
     4. Positive evidence is that which, if believed, establishes the truth or falsehood of a fact in issue, and does not arise from any presumption. It is distinguished from circumstantial evidence. 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3057.

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George must positively send his answer to Sir James to-day.
I can positively discover that there is no physical cause of alarm; and (unless you admit me to your confidence) I can do no more.'
Macallan's room, and could positively swear that no other person but his master was there at the time.
"I assert positively that I lived on friendly terms with my wife, allowing, of course, for the little occasional disagreements and misunderstandings of married life.
announced today that it will launch Crystal Veil(R) alpha (classified as miscellaneous goods), a drug-free topical nasal gel that utilizes positively charged ions to help block viruses from entering the body through the nose, on Tuesday, September 18.
Topic interest and learning from texts have been found to be positively associated with each other.
Several benefits to positively connecting students to school exist.
The government work is seen positively by 60 percent of the Macedonian n and by 20 percent of the Albanian interviewees and negative by 32 percent of the Macedonian and by 59 percent of the Albanian interviewees.
As to the performance of President Abbas at the UN, 71% perceived it positively and only 7% perceived his performance negatively.
The majority of young people understand that violence is unacceptable and that they have to positively engage with society to create change.
Structural equation modeling supported a model in which perception of task-involving dance environments positively predicted need satisfaction.
Summary: Sana&'a, Jumada Al-Awwal 25, 1432 / April 29, 2011, SPA -- Deputy Minister of Information Abdu Al-Janadi of Yemen has reiterated the Yemeni government&'s keenness to positively deal with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative to solve the crisis in Yemen.