Correct spelling, explanation: the word positive originates from Old French positif, from Latin positivus, and from the past participle stem of ponere (to place). As you can see, the etymology indicates that this adjective/noun should be spelled with only one -s consonant. If you’re not sure how to spell a word, always look at its history, because it can be very helpful. Positive is the only correct version and
possitive is just a mistake.
Definition of positive:
1. adjective, full of hope and confidence, or giving cause for hope and confidence
Her positive attitude and determination helped her overcome many challenges in life.
The teacher gave the student positive feedback on their essay, praising them for their thoughtful analysis and strong writing skills.
2. noun, a desirable or constructive quality or attribute
I sat down and wrote out the positives and negatives of having a baby.
They said employees should see the merger as a positive for the company.
Collocations with positive:
Some most commonly used collocations include: positive attitude, positive thinking, positive impact, positive energy
She had a positive attitude towards her new job.
Positive thinking helped her get through tough times.
The charity had a positive impact on the lives of many people.
She brought positive energy to the room with her cheerful personality.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: many words in English come from other languages. It is no different in the case of the word positive, which originates from Old French and Latin. If you want to know how to spell it correctly, just look at the etymology. We can see that it contains only one -s consonant. It would be a mistake to spell it with a double -s letter.
Possitive is an incorrect version.
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