toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

positive
used in Catch-22

2 meanings, 16 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
1  —15 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
Definition
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
  • 'Certainly I would,' he added a few moments later, in a less positive manner.
    Chapter 42 — Yossarian (50% in)
positive = certain
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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.
    Chapter 9 — Major Major Major Major (32% in)
  • positive = certain
  • Everyone was positive the disease had been inflicted upon the poor officer in retribution by Major — de Coverley, although no one was sure how.
    Chapter 9 — Major Major Major Major (48% in)
  • positive = certain
  • 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.
    Chapter 17 — The Soldier in White (99% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • 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.
    Chapter 19 — Colonel Cathcart (80% in)
  • positive = certain
  • 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.
    Chapter 19 — Colonel Cathcart (80% in)
  • positive = certain
  • It's amazing, positively amazing.
    Chapter 24 — Milo (2% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • So many monstrous events were occurring that he was no longer positive which events were monstrous and which were really taking place.
    Chapter 25 — The Chaplain (66% in)
  • positive = certain
  • 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.
    Chapter 29 — Peckem (15% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • Yes, positively beautiful.
    Chapter 29 — Peckem (52% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • 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.
    Chapter 30 — Dunbar (17% in)
  • positive = certain
  • But he did feel good; he felt positively marvelous.
    Chapter 34 — Thanksgiving (49% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • 'The price,' said Milo, 'was outrageous — positively exorbitant!'
    Chapter 35 — Milo the Militant (61% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • Yossarian was positive that he was at last rid of her and was relieved.
    Chapter 38 — Kid Sister (59% in)
  • positive = certain
  • Catch22 did not exist, he was positive of that, but it made no difference.
    Chapter 39 — The Eternal City (25% in)
positive = certain
There are no more uses of "positive" flagged with this meaning in Catch-22.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary / more samples — Oxford® USDictionary list — Onelook.com®
2  —1 use as in:
a positive attitude
Definition
optimistic (expecting or focusing good things); or agreeable
  • Why can't we take a more positive approach? Why can't we all pray for something good, like a tighter bomb pattern, for example?
    Chapter 19 — Colonel Cathcart (54% in)
positive = optimistic
There are no more uses of "positive" flagged with this meaning in Catch-22.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary / more samples — Oxford® USDictionary list — Onelook.com®