Positive numbers

A positive number is any number that is greater than 0. Unlike positive integers, which includes 0 and only the natural numbers, positive numbers include fractions, decimals, and other types of numerals.

When a number has no indication of sign, by convention, it is assumed to be positive. In some cases, the plus sign (+) is used to emphasize that a value is positive, not negative. When using the + sign to indicate that a value is positive, make sure that it is clear, so as not to cause confusion as to whether the value is positive, or whether the operation of addition is involved.

The following number line can be used to represent positive numbers:

The blue ray shown on the number line represents positive numbers. It does not include 0, but unlike integers, includes fractional components of numbers.

Is 0 positive or negative?

Zero is neither positive nor negative. Numbers can either be negative, positive, or zero. Zero is in a category of its own.

Positive numbers are defined as any number that is greater than zero. Negative numbers are defined as any number that is less than zero. As such, neither positive nor negative numbers can be defined without zero being in a category of its own. One way to think of this is that the number, 0, can neither be greater nor less than itself, so it cannot be positive or negative. "Non-negative numbers" include all positive numbers and zero, not just positive numbers.