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  • He criticised them very freely, in a positive, off-hand way.
  • I wish you to marry a young man with other antecedents—a young man who could give positive guarantees.

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  • Of course she would have liked to take it as a joke—as her father must have meant it; and yet she would have liked, also, in denying it, to be a little positive, a little sharp; so that he would perhaps not ask the question again.
  • Her aunt seemed to her aggressive and foolish, and to see it so clearly—to judge Mrs. Penniman so positively—made her feel old and grave.
  • CHAPTER XIII It may be thought the Doctor was too positive, and Mrs. Almond intimated as much.
  • The assurance was vague, for it contained no element of positive conviction that her father would change his mind.
  • "He was very positive about this, was he?" he asked at last.
  • I wait with suspense—with positive excitement; and that is a sort of emotion that I didn’t suppose Catherine would ever provide for me.
  • Her aunt had never seen her with just this manner, and Mrs. Penniman, observing her, set it down to foreign travel, which had made her more positive, more mature.
  • "Three days before will do," he went on, "if you are in a position to be positive then.

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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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