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positive
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Catch-22
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  • Everyone was positive the disease had been inflicted upon the poor officer in retribution by Major — de Coverley, although no one was sure how.
  • A superfluous major on his rolls meant an untidy table of organization and gave ammunition to the men at Twenty-seventh Air Force Headquarters who Colonel Cathcart was positive were his enemies and rivals.

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  • ’It’s amazing, positively amazing.
  • Why can’t we take a more positive approach?
  • When he contemplated the many diseases and potential accidents threatening him, he was positively astounded that he had managed to survive in good health for as long as he had.
  • So many monstrous events were occurring that he was no longer positive which events were monstrous and which were really taking place.
  • Yes, positively beautiful.
  • But he did feel good; he felt positively marvelous.
  • ’The price,’ said Milo, ’was outrageous — positively exorbitant!
  • Yossarian was positive that he was at last rid of her and was relieved.

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  • Catch22 did not exist, he was positive of that, but it made no difference.
  • ’Certainly I would,’ he added a few moments later, in a less positive manner.
  • It was impossible to be positive that Dobbs had killed him, for when Yossarian plugged his headset back in, Dobbs was already on the intercom pleading for someone to go up front and help the bombardier.
  • He was positive that General Dreedle had never forgotten it, even though he was positive that General Dreedle didn’t even remember it, which was really very unjust, Colonel Cathcart lamented, since the idea of a skeet-shooting range itself should have been a real feather in his cap, even though it had been such a real black eye.
  • He was positive that General Dreedle had never forgotten it, even though he was positive that General Dreedle didn’t even remember it, which was really very unjust, Colonel Cathcart lamented, since the idea of a skeet-shooting range itself should have been a real feather in his cap, even though it had been such a real black eye.
  • He had just opened with one of his most trusted paradoxes, and he was positively alarmed that not the slightest flicker of acknowledgment had moved across that impervious face, which began to remind him suddenly, in hue and texture, of an unused soap eraser.

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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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