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  • The first time I met an example of this handwriting, I was positively astonished, and where do you think I chanced to find it?
  • Oh, but, positively, you know—a hundred thousand roubles!

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  • At the foot of the ladder he had been pale enough; but when he set foot on the scaffold at the top, his face suddenly became the colour of paper, positively like white notepaper.
  • Gavrila Ardalionovitch has just told me of his discovery, and assures me that he has positive proofs.
  • Please note that we have positive proofs!
  • The girls stood apart, almost frightened; their father was positively horrified.
  • Oh, my dear prince," Lebedeff added most emphatically, "I do not positively assert that he has….
  • By Jove! it was positively a mercy that he died when he did—it was indeed—everyone said so at the time.
  • I have heard it said positively.
  • At last, however, on the repeated positive assurance that he really was Prince Muishkin, and must absolutely see the general on business, the bewildered domestic showed him into a little ante-chamber leading to a waiting-room that adjoined the general’s study, there handing him over to another servant, whose duty it was to be in this ante-chamber all the morning, and announce visitors to the general.

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  • "You must really excuse me," interrupted the general, "but I positively haven’t another moment now.

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as in: I'm absolutely positive! Define
certain (having no doubt)
as in: had a positive effect Define
good or beneficial
as in: positive feedback from my boss Define
approval or agreement
as in: a positive attitude Define
optimistic or agreeable
as in: The test came back positive. Define
found a condition or substance to be present
as in: a positive number Define
greater than zero (of a number)
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