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positive
used in Change of Heart by Picoult

2 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
Definition
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
  • "Here," he said, and I absolutely, positively stopped breathing.
positively = with certainty
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2  —2 uses as in:
The test came back positive.
Definition
found a condition or substance to be present
  • So the water tested positive for something that looked like alcohol, but only in certain pipes.
positive = indicating that a condition was found
  • One night, when I was on duty, the inmates got intoxicated, and sure enough the pipes tested positive for alcohol residue one day, although the water source tested perfectly normal.
positive = indicating that a condition was found
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?  —2 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • They have the same blood type—B positive.
  • ...to the refrigerator—in spite of what my mother likely imagined, the only food inside of it was ketchup, a jar of pimientos, Ollies carrots, and yogurt with an expiration date from Bill Clinton's administration—and poured myself a glass of Yellow Tail chardonnay I wanted to be pleasantly buzzed before I turned on the television set, where no doubt my fifteen minutes of fame was now going to be marred by a suit with stripes that made my already plus-size butt look positively planetary.

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