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  • I declare positively it is quite shocking.
  • I cannot be quite positive about that, my dear; I have some idea he is; but, however, he is a very fine young man, Mrs. Hughes says, and likely to do very well.

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  • She applied to Mrs. Allen, and Mrs. Allen’s opinion was more positive.
  • And it was but half an hour before he left Bath that you gave him the most positive encouragement.
  • The evening passed without any further disturbance, and, in the occasional absence of General Tilney, with much positive cheerfulness.
  • But when Catherine saw her in public, admitting Captain Tilney’s attentions as readily as they were offered, and allowing him almost an equal share with James in her notice and smiles, the alteration became too positive to be passed over.
  • She had often read of such characters, characters which Mr. Allen had been used to call unnatural and overdrawn; but here was proof positive of the contrary.
  • That he was very particular in his eating, she had, by her own unassisted observation, already discovered; but why he should say one thing so positively, and mean another all the while, was most unaccountable!
  • It was there, it was on that day, that the general had made use of such expressions with regard to Henry and herself, had so spoken and so looked as to give her the most positive conviction of his actually wishing their marriage.
  • In the joyfulness of family love everything for a short time was subdued, and the pleasure of seeing her, leaving them at first little leisure for calm curiosity, they were all seated round the tea-table, which Mrs. Morland had hurried for the comfort of the poor traveller, whose pale and jaded looks soon caught her notice, before any inquiry so direct as to demand a positive answer was addressed to her.

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  • …perceiving nothing in her situation likely to engage their father’s particular respect, had seen with astonishment the suddenness, continuance, and extent of his attention; and though latterly, from some hints which had accompanied an almost positive command to his son of doing everything in his power to attach her, Henry was convinced of his father’s believing it to be an advantageous connection, it was not till the late explanation at Northanger that they had the smallest idea of the…

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as in: I'm absolutely positive! Define
certain (having no doubt)
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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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