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positive
used in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
Definition
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
  • He seemed positively diabolic in his enjoyment of our discomfort.
    p. 228.5
positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • Ever since we read The Fall of the House of Usher, we had made a pact that neither of us would allow the other to be buried without making "absolutely, positively sure" (his favorite phrase) that the person was dead.
    p. 196.1
positively = with certainty
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2  —1 use as in:
a positive attitude
Definition
optimistic (expecting or focusing good things); or agreeable
  • Translated, that meant there was nothing a person can't do, and there should be nothing a human being didn't care about. It was the most positive encouragement I could have hoped for.
    p. 265.9
positive = optimistic
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