Positive Adjectives: The Ultimate List

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It’s important to be positive when speaking any language. The wrong words can lead to misunderstandings, confusion, or even hurt feelings.

Instead, using positive language is a great way to avoid problematic interactions, get a better communication experience, and create a friendly, supportive atmosphere for the other person!

Positive adjectives make it easy to compliment others and put them at ease.

But what exactly are positive adjectives? What are some examples of these adjectives? And finally, what are some synonymous adjectives you could use? We will talk about this more, but first, let’s start with a simple question:

What Are Positive Adjectives?

Positive adjectives describe a person, place, thing, idea, or experience in a good, positive way.

These words can express different positive emotions, such as love, hope, happiness, and joy. Using these adjectives can make others feel motivated, uplifted, confident, or encouraged.

Most importantly for non-native speakers, positive adjectives can help ensure that your conversations remain cheerful and friendly.

List of Positive Adjectives A-Z

There are thousands of positive adjectives in the English language.

Many of these positive adjectives have similar meanings, but they cannot always be used in the same context. For example, “adventurous” describes a person, but not an object. Alternatively, “bold” is a synonym for “adventurous,” though it can be used to talk about the design of an object.

So, in order to better understand positive adjectives, we will divide this list into two parts: adjectives to describe personalities (of people) and adjectives to describe appearance (people or objects).

For each word, we will provide a simple definition and a couple of synonyms. This way, you can learn more words and build your vocabulary!

Positive Adjectives for Emotions, Personality, and Feelings

While there are adjectives to describe pretty much anything, many positive adjectives are reserved for describing people. More specifically, many positive adjectives describe a person’s emotions, personality, general behavior, and feelings.

Let’s look at a few common positive adjectives for describing a person’s intangible characteristics:

A-C

  • Adventurous – Willing to take risks.
    • Intrepid, audacious, unafraid, dashing, venturous
  • Affectionate – Showing fondness.
    • Loving, caring, tender, supportive, attentive
  • Agreeable – Enjoyable and pleasant.
    • Pleasant, enjoyable, nice, appealing, delightful
  • Ambitious – Possessing a strong desire to succeed.
    • Enterprising, pioneering, committed, motivated, energetic
  • Bright – Possessing intelligence and mental dexterity.
    • Clever, intelligent, smart, quick, perceptive
  • Charming – Pleasant and attractive
    • Endearing, attractive, alluring, captivating, seductive
  • Compassionate – Showing sympathy for others.
    • Empathetic, gentle, benevolent, humane, charitable
  • Considerate – Careful to not inconvenience others.
    • Thoughtful, concerned, mindful, obliging, altruistic
  • Courageous – Not showing fear in the face of danger.
    • Brave, fearless, valiant, bold, heroic
  • Courteous – Well-mannered and polite.
    • Respectful, polite, well-behaved, obliging, decent

D-H

  • Diligent – Showing care in one’s duties.
    • Industrious, hard-working, thorough, persistent, tenacious
  • Enthusiastic – Showing intense interest in something.
    • Eager, excited, keen, ardent, vivacious
  • Generous – Showing a willingness to give others more than is necessary.
    • Giving, munificent, magnanimous, lavish, liberal
  • Happy – Feeling contentment.
    • Content, cheerful, cheery, joyous, untroubled
  • Helpful – Willing to help others.
    • Obliging, accommodating, supportive, cooperative, hospitable

I-P

  • Inventive – Possessing the ability to imagine or create new things.
    • Creative, innovative, original, novel, inspired
  • Likable – Easy to like.
    • Good-natured, popular, lovely, personable, endearing
  • Loyal – Showing unwavering support.
    • Faithful, true, devoted, steadfast, dutiful
  • Passionate – Having strong feelings.
    • Spirited, vigorous, amorous, fervent, impassioned

R-W

  • Reliable – Able to be relied upon.
    • Dependable, genuine, steady, solid, secure
  • Resourceful – Able to quickly solve problems.
    • Ingenious, imaginative, quick-witted, sharp, capable
  • Sensible – Practical; level-headed.
    • Realistic, responsible, rational, balanced, pragmatic
  • Sincere – Expressing genuine sentiments and feelings.
    • Authentic, wholehearted, honest, real, profound
  • Sympathetic – Showing sympathy for others.
    • Consoling, comforting, tender, compassionate, concerned
  • Trustworthy – Able to be trusted; honest.
    • Honorable, upright, virtuous, ethical, truthful
  • Witty – Charming and funny.
    • Humorous, amusing, funny, comical, lively

Positive Adjectives for Appearance

Positive adjectives don’t have to describe personality and feelings. In fact, there are plenty of adjectives to describe the appearance of things as well. Many of these adjectives are positive and can apply to both people and things.

Let’s look at a few common positive adjectives to describe appearance:

  • Adorable – Inspiring delight in others.
    • Appealing, enchanting, bewitching, fetching, precious
  • Attractive – Drawing the interest of others.
    • Good-looking, striking, sexy, enchanting, seductive
  • Beautiful – Aesthetically-pleasing.
    • Nice-looking, alluring, irresistible, alluring, heavenly
  • Clean – Free from dirt.
    • Washed, polished, spotless, immaculate, unspoiled
  • Colorful – Bright and full of color.
    • Radiant, vivid, brilliant, dramatic, striking
  • Cute – Pretty; endearing.
    • Endearing, sweet, delightful, winsome, pretty
  • Elegant – Showing grace and style in appearance or behavior.
    • Stylish, graceful, fashionable, dignified, cultivated
  • Fit – Being in good physical shape.
    • Healthy, robust, hardy, strapping, strong
  • Gorgeous – Beautiful; visually-appealing.
    • Beguiling, tantalizing, sultry, handsome, pretty
  • Sleek – Possessing a smooth, shiny appearance.
    • Smooth, glossy, shiny, lustrous, silken

Common Synonyms for “Good”

Some of the most common positive adjectives are simply variations of the word “good.” Rather than using the same word to describe everything that is positive, the following adjectives can be used in place of “good” to amplify its meaning:

  • Amazing
  • Awesome
  • Excellent
  • Fabulous
  • Fantastic
  • Incredible
  • Outstanding
  • Splendid
  • Super
  • Wonderful

Conclusion

We hope this list of positive adjectives was helpful! Remember, if you want to avoid being rude or accidentally expressing negative sentiments, the words above are a great place to start. You’ll also want to learn both positive and negative adjectives so that you will have a better understanding of which words to use at what time, depending on the context of your conversation. Adding any of these positive adjectives to your vocabulary will help keep your English conversations cheerful and friendly.

Now that you know what these adjectives mean, can you use them correctly in real life conversations? We’ve invited our lead instructor to shed some light on the usage of a couple of these words that are particularly challenging to students. 

 

 

Many students falter on these adjectives because they don’t have opportunities to use them in their daily lives. SpeakUp is built to solve exactly that problem: you can practice newly learned vocabulary in live group sessions, with immediate feedback from an experienced native English teacher. This helps turn passive knowledge into active language skills. And you will get to understand the nuances of these words in context. Sign up for a trial today

Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones is a freelance writer and former English teacher. He enjoys traveling the world, watching movies, and caring for his three toy poodles.
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