If you want to describe a number that is greater than zero, you would use positive. Is there a similar term for numbers (not necessarily integers) that are greater than one? I.e., this term would be to multiplication as positive is to addition.

For example, I have a box in a figure that says "Antecedent: Factor Greater Than One", but that's a bigger name than most of the antecedents (or consequents) in my figures, so I'd really like it to say something like "Antecedent: Superpositive Factor" where "Superpositive" is a word I made up right now that I hope will never have the meaning I'm attributing to it here.

Plural has been suggested, and that's a really good answer for discrete quantities (such as the number of dogs), but in my particular case the number in question is continuous (a multiplicative factor).

Per request, here are other Antecedent/Consequent names I've used (after the "Antecedent:" or "Consequent:" bit): "Nonnegative Divisor", "Acceptable Error", "In Between Result", "Min Less Than Max" (which is equally as wordy), and "Applies Brake When At Rest" (which is even more wordy). So far, I've eschewed using actual math symbols (such as "> 1"), but I don't really have a solid reason for doing so.

  • Plural numbers perhaps? Sep 2, 2015 at 12:23
  • Give an example of how you'd use this.
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 2, 2015 at 12:27
  • @HotLicks, added an example to the question Sep 2, 2015 at 12:29
  • this may sound stupid, but why don't you just write "Antecedent: Factor > 1"? sometimes simpler is better... Sep 2, 2015 at 12:36
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    For context it would be useful to see how you labelled the other antecedents. Otherwise we can't judge what you are aiming for. Sep 2, 2015 at 12:51

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Perhaps you can use "Antecedent:plural number", although I think that it would be fine if you just write "Antecedent:Factor > 1"

  • Plural is good in some situations, but I will clarify my answer to include that I'm looking for an answer that works with uncountable quantities. Sep 2, 2015 at 12:43
  • Never heard about plural numbers.
    – anemone
    Sep 2, 2015 at 12:48
  • Accepting in lieu of a better answer, in that while this doesn't exactly suit my needs, it's a good answer for situations involving countable quantities. Sep 19, 2015 at 13:59

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