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  • He has not that positive interest in it which makes it his vocation.
  • "Indeed," she pursued, "I positively doubt sometimes, I do assure you, whether while matters are still unsettled, and the sixth or Great Seal still prevails, I may not one day be found lying stark and senseless here, as I have found so many birds!"

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  • She is the dearest friend I have, positively!
  • Mercury is disposed, as he will presently declare to a fellowgentleman in waiting, "to pitch into the young man"; but his instructions are positive.
  • Mrs. Jellyby positively laughed at the fancy.
  • He is not prepared positively to deny that he may have had something to do with it.
  • Positively not once, yet!
  • But Mrs. Guppy positively refused to come out of the gangway.
  • A remarkable feature of the theme is that it is found to be so inspiring that several people come out upon it who never came out before—positively say things!
  • Shall I shake that faith in Bucket because I want it myself; shall I deliberately blunt one of Bucket’s weapons; shall I positively paralyse Bucket in his next detective operation?

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  • Finding it impossible to suppress those yawns by any other process than conversation, she compliments Mrs. Rouncewell on her son, declaring that he positively is one of the finest figures she ever saw and as soldierly a looking person, she should think, as what’s his name, her favourite Life Guardsman —the man she dotes on, the dearest of creatures—who was killed at Waterloo.
  • No, sir," said Mr. Vholes, bringing his hand flat down upon his desk in a positive manner, "nothing."
  • That’s a positive fact."
  • "If you think there’s enough in this chain of circumstances put together— in the undoubted strong likeness of this young lady to your ladyship, which is a positive fact for a jury; in her having been brought up by Miss Barbary; in Miss Barbary stating Miss Summerson’s real name to be Hawdon; in your ladyship’s knowing both these names VERY WELL; and in Hawdon’s dying as he did—to give your ladyship a family interest in going further into the case, I will bring these papers here.
  • …forth when the dragon is at rest to air himself again in Cook’s Court until admonished to return by the crowing of the sanguine cock in the cellar at the little dairy in Cursitor Street, whose ideas of daylight it would be curious to ascertain, since he knows from his personal observation next to nothing about it—if Peffer ever do revisit the pale glimpses of Cook’s Court, which no law-stationer in the trade can positively deny, he comes invisibly, and no one is the worse or wiser.

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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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