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positive
used in Life of Pi

2 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —4 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
Definition
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
  • All hurt and frustration fell away and I positively blazed with joy.
    85-88 — Chapters 85-88 (28% in)
positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • As for the lion cubs, they would positively keel over with fright if they knew their mother was a dog, for that would mean they were motherless, the absolute worst condition imaginable for any young, warm-blooded life.
    29-32 — Chapters 29-32 (97% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • I was positively giddy with happiness.
    49-52 — Chapters 49-52 (62% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • Ten thousand trumpets and twenty thousand drums could not have made as much noise as that bolt of lightning; it was positively deafening.
    85-88 — Chapters 85-88 (14% in)
positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
There are no more uses of "positive" flagged with this meaning in Life of Pi.

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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Definition
good or beneficial
  • I assigned this tension to the new environment of the island; any change, even positive, will make an animal tense.
    89-92 — Chapters 89-92 (77% in)
positive = good or beneficial
There are no more uses of "positive" flagged with this meaning in Life of Pi.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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