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positive
used in Moby Dick

4 uses
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Definition
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
  • There was some apprehension, but no positive alarm, as yet.
    Chapters 127-129 — The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin—Ahab and Pip (41% in)
positive = certain
  • I am, sir, if it should be positively indispensable to do so; not to be got rid of, that is; which I don't take to be the fact.
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (20% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • But when a man's religion becomes really frantic; when it is a positive torment to him; and, in fine, makes this earth of ours an uncomfortable inn to lodge in; then I think it high time to take that individual aside and argue the point with him.
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (79% in)
  • positive = absolute (used for emphasis)
  • But as perhaps fifty of these whale-bone whales are harpooned for one cachalot, some philosophers of the forecastle have concluded that this positive havoc has already very seriously diminished their battalions.
    Chapters 103-105 — Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton; The Fossil Whale; Does the Whale Diminish (90% in)
positive = absolute (used for emphasis)
There are no more uses of "positive" in Moby Dick.

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