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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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His positiveness, fascinating and effective as it is for an uncritical reader, carries with it extreme self-confidence and dogmatism, which render him violently intolerant of any interpretations of characters and events except those that he has formed, and formed sometimes hastily and with prejudice.
"And we will," Billy rejoined with great positiveness. "It's us for the San Joaquin.
She varied her phrase, with the same incongruous effect of positiveness.
"He amazes me with his strength, positiveness and courageness.
Your positiveness on the field will help you achieve good results,' Sarfraz adviced the players during their meet-up in UBL Ground, Karachi on Saturday.
Sanctions are important but awards and commendations and positiveness should outweigh sanctions by five to one as a minimum.
The positiveness, meeting all the other athletes from all the other countries, it's all just been amazing.
For officials and observers, the pres-ence and moves of De Sagun, Lubigan were "gestures of positiveness" and as-surance that the campaign and election periods in Trece Martires would go on peacefully and orderly.
According to our results, for patients in the moderate risk group, BAC positiveness may be used as a new risk predictor in terms of CVD.
He stressed the need for bringing in positiveness in thoughts, thinking besides bringing betterment in directions to be flourished in every segment of life.
"I just bring him the same routine - the calmness, the positiveness, the confidence in what he's doing.