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positive
used in Oliver Twist

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Definition
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
  • 'You ought to be dead; positively dead with the fright,' said the fat gentleman.
    Chapter 29 — Has an Introductory Account of the Inmates of the House.... (49% in)
positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • That same evening, the gentleman in the white waistcoat most positively and decidedly affirmed, not only that Oliver would be hung, but that he would be drawn and quartered into the bargain.
    Chapter 3 — Relates How Oliver Twist was Very Near Getting a Palce.... (97% in)
  • positively = certainly (used for emphasis)
  • Covered ways and yards, which here and there diverged from the main street, disclosed little knots of houses, where drunken men and women were positively wallowing in filth; and from several of the door-ways, great ill-looking fellows were cautiously emerging, bound, to all appearance, on no very well-disposed or harmless errands.
    Chapter 8 — Oliver Walks to London. He encounters on the Road a.... (76% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • It is due to the young lady to say that she did not positively affirm that she would not, but that she merely expressed an emphatic and earnest desire to be 'blessed' if she would; a polite and delicate evasion of the request, which shows the young lady to have been possessed of that natural good breeding which cannot bear to inflict upon a fellow-creature, the pain of a direct and pointed refusal.
    Chapter 13 — Some New Acquaintances Are Introduced to the Intelligent.... (51% in)
  • positively = with certainty
  • It was not until the night of this last awful day, that a withering sense of his helpless, desperate state came in its full intensity upon his blighted soul; not that he had ever held any defined or positive hope of mercy, but that he had never been able to consider more than the dim probability of dying so soon.
    Chapter 52 — Fagin's Last Night Alive (51% in)
positive = certain
There are no more uses of "positive" in Oliver Twist.

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