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Anna Karenina
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  • I’m so happy that I’ve become positively hateful; I’ve forgotten everything.
  • But you’re so positive you know all the lore of the forest.

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  • He knew that this was stupid, he knew that it was positively not right, and contrary to his present new plans, but this house was a whole world to Levin.
  • The Grand Duchess positively wanted to show the new helmet to the ambassador.
  • "I positively don’t understand," said Anna, shrugging her shoulders—"He doesn’t care," she thought.
  • We positively must have another fifteen laborers.
  • I have had to do business with him, ’positively and conclusively.’
  • "Positively and conclusively" were the merchant’s favorite words.
  • I positively walked the whole way, but I am here at my time.
  • It made him uncomfortable, and it positively annoyed him to see his brother’s attitude to the country.

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  • The schools are no good to me, but positively harmful, as I told you.
  • "I’d positively forgotten her even."
  • "If you want to go out, let’s go together," he said, disinclined to be parted from his brother, who seemed positively breathing out freshness and energy.
  • For this reason there positively came into Alexey Alexandrovitch’s face a look of haughtiness and severity whenever anyone inquired after his wife’s health.
  • He was so far from conceiving of love for woman apart from marriage that he positively pictured to himself first the family, and only secondarily the woman who would give him a family.
  • During the last few days he had not ridden her out for exercise himself, but had put her in the charge of the trainer, and so now he positively did not know in what condition his mare had arrived yesterday and was today.
  • "Drink it up; you positively must drink the brandy, and then seltzer water and a lot of lemon," said Yashvin, standing over Petritsky like a mother making a child take medicine, "and then a little champagne—just a small bottle."
  • "That’s true enough," the gentleman with the gray whiskers chimed in, positively laughing with satisfaction.
  • This he knew positively, and had known a long while, ever since he had begun to paint it.
  • It was all common, poor, and stale, and positively badly painted—weak and unequal.
  • He had positively forgotten that picture he had painted three years ago.
  • I positively forgot it….
  • Then the long delay began to be positively discomforting, and relations and guests tried to look as if they were not thinking of the bridegroom but were engrossed in conversation.
  • She positively shrank together and flushed to the point of tears, and clutching the ends of her apron in both hands, twisted them in her red fingers without knowing what to say and what to do.
  • Next day Betsy herself came to him in the morning, and announced that she had heard through Oblonsky as a positive fact that Alexey Alexandrovitch had agreed to a divorce, and that therefore Vronsky could see Anna.
  • Alexey Alexandrovitch did not merely fail to observe his hopeless position in the official world, he was not merely free from anxiety on this head, he was positively more satisfied than ever with his own activity.
  • It was as if darkness had swooped down upon her life; she felt that these children of hers, that she was so proud of, were not merely most ordinary, but positively bad, ill-bred children, with coarse, brutal propensities—wicked children.
  • She thought how Levin, who believed the opposite, was just as positive in his opinions at his own table.
  • She positively envied the baby’s healthy appearance.
  • Abstractly, theoretically, she did not merely justify, she positively approved of Anna’s conduct.
  • It was positively disagreeable to her to think that Anna was coming to see her immediately.
  • She felt positively vexed with her for getting better from the very moment her letter was sent off.
  • I’ve got so out of the way of all this that it makes me feel positively ashamed.
  • "I was positively forgetting her," he thought.
  • "You’re positively a reformed character, I’m glad to see," said Katavasov, meeting Levin in the little drawing room.
  • To educate my children I positively have to look up a great deal, and in fact simply to study myself.
  • Lvov visibly tried to restrain the expression of his delight, but he was positively radiant with smiles.
  • "These phantoms were so far from being phantoms that they were positively clinging on the ladder," said Levin.
  • He positively forgot where he was, and not even hearing what was said, he could not take his eyes off the marvelous portrait.
  • There was positively no money.
  • "And he positively is going?" queried Alexey Alexandrovitch.
  • As long as the teacher was explaining to him, he believed him and seemed to comprehend, but as soon as he was left alone, he was positively unable to recollect and to understand that the short and familiar word "suddenly" is an adverb of manner of action.
  • He—with his temperament as I know it—he has become careful and businesslike, a first-rate manager, he positively reckons every penny in his management of the land.
  • Once Darya Alexandrovna felt wounded to the quick, and got so hot that she positively flushed and wondered afterwards whether she had said anything extreme or unpleasant.
  • However many women and girls he thought of whom he knew, he could not think of a girl who united to such a degree all, positively all, the qualities he would wish to see in his wife.
  • As is indeed not unfrequent with women of unimpeachable virtue, weary of the monotony of respectable existence, at a distance she not only excused illicit love, she positively envied it.
  • "I didn’t know you were here," she said, unmistakably feeling no regret, but a positive pleasure, in interrupting this conversation on a topic she had heard so much of that she was by now weary of it.
  • At this moment Anna was positively admitting to herself that she was a burden to him, that he would relinquish his freedom regretfully to return to her, and in spite of that she was glad he was coming.
  • He always took, in every question, the side of the nobility; he was positively antagonistic to the spread of popular education, and he succeeded in giving a purely party character to the district council which ought by rights to be of such an immense importance.
  • After being a long time in Moscow without a change, he reached a point when he positively began to be worrying himself over his wife’s ill-humor and reproaches, over his children’s health and education, and the petty details of his official work; even the fact of being in debt worried him.
  • Isn’t it distinctly to be seen in the development of each philosopher’s theory, that he knows what is the chief significance of life beforehand, just as positively as the peasant Fyodor, and not a bit more clearly than he, and is simply trying by a dubious intellectual path to come back to what everyone knows?
  • Stepan Arkadyevitch believed most positively that the committee in which he was trying to get an appointment was a new, genuine, and honest public body, but that morning when Volgarinov had— intentionally, beyond a doubt—kept him two hours waiting with other petitioners in his waiting room, he had suddenly felt uneasy.
  • The day after his conversation with Karenin, Stepan Arkadyevitch went to see her, and felt so youthful that in this jesting flirtation and nonsense he recklessly went so far that he did not know how to extricate himself, as unluckily he was so far from being attracted by her that he thought her positively disagreeable.
  • They’re positively afraid she may not live."
  • "Very close about money is Konstantin Dmitrievitch," he said with a smile, turning to Stepan Arkadyevitch; "there’s positively no dealing with him.
  • "It’s all youthfulness—positively nothing but boyishness.
  • But when it was undressed and he caught a glimpse of wee, wee, little hands, little feet, saffron-colored, with little toes, too, and positively with a little big toe different from the rest, and when he saw Lizaveta Petrovna closing the wide-open little hands, as though they were soft springs, and putting them into linen garments, such pity for the little creature came upon him, and such terror that she would hurt it, that he held her hand back.
  • …the same wall between the holy of holies of my soul and other people, even my wife; I shall still go on scolding her for my own terror, and being remorseful for it; I shall still be as unable to understand with my reason why I pray, and I shall still go on praying; but my life now, my whole life apart from anything that can happen to me, every minute of it is no more meaningless, as it was before, but it has the positive meaning of goodness, which I have the power to put into it.
  • But there was a gleam of alarm in Sviazhsky’s eyes, and he said smiling: "No; that screaming story is positively capital!
  • I’ve been promising to go for a century," said Anna, to whom lying, alien as it was to her nature, had become not merely simple and natural in society, but a positive source of satisfaction.
  • "I’ve been meaning, indeed, to ask you to tell him that it’s out of the question for her" (she indicated Kitty) "to stay here; that she positively must come to Moscow.
  • "You must understand the horror and comedy of my position," he went on in a desperate whisper; "that he’s in my house, that he’s done nothing improper positively except his free and easy airs and the way he sits on his legs.

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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
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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
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greater than zero (of a number)
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