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used in Great Expectations

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certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
  • In my heart I believed her to be right; and yet I took it rather ill, too, that she should be so positive on the point.
    Chapter 17 (79% in)
positive = certain
  • Mr. Pumblechook was very positive and drove his own chaise-cart—over Everybody—it was agreed that it must be so.
    Chapter 6 (79% in)
  • positive = certain
  • Positively laughing!
    Chapter 13 (62% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • When Barnwell began to go wrong, I declare that I felt positively apologetic, Pumblechook's indignant stare so taxed me with it.
    Chapter 15 (80% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • Now, you are distinctly to understand that you are most positively prohibited from making any inquiry on this head, or any allusion or reference, however distant, to any individual whomsoever as the individual, in all the communications you may have with me.
    Chapter 18 (42% in)
  • positively = certainly (used for emphasis)
  • Sarah Pocket came to the gate, and positively reeled back when she saw me so changed; her walnut-shell countenance likewise turned from brown to green and yellow.
    Chapter 19 (75% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • And now before I say anything more about my father, or my father's son, and repay confidence with confidence, I want to make myself seriously disagreeable to you for a moment,—positively repulsive.
    Chapter 30 (65% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • When he felt his case unusually serious, and that he positively must find an opening, he would go on 'Change at a busy time, and walk in and out, in a kind of gloomy country dance figure, among the assembled magnates.
    Chapter 34 (50% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • She was even more dreadfully fond of Estella than she had been when I last saw them together; I repeat the word advisedly, for there was something positively dreadful in the energy of her looks and embraces.
    Chapter 38 (18% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • "Whether I should have noticed him at first but for your being there," said Mr. Wopsle, going on in the same lost way, "I can't be positive; yet I think I should."
    Chapter 47 (63% in)
  • positive = certain
  • Finding that the afternoon coach was gone, and finding that his uneasiness grew into positive alarm, as obstacles came in his way, he resolved to follow in a post-chaise.
    Chapter 53 (78% in)
positive = absolute (used for emphasis)
There are no more uses of "positive" in Great Expectations.

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