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positive
used in The Poisonwood Bible

2 meanings, 9 uses
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1  —8 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
Definition
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
  • We argued about positively everything: even communism!
    Book 5 — Exodus (77% in)
positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I am positive he is foreign, or used to be.
    Book 2 — Revelation (78% in)
  • positive = certain
  • He positively snorted at that.
    Book 3 — Judges (86% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • The minute I stood up on the riverbank I got covered with them again, positively crawling.
    Book 3 — Judges (93% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • You could hear it all sizzling and crispy and juicy, and I have to confess when dinnertime came I did eat a few small bites, but only because I was positively weak with hunger.
    Book 4 — Bel and the Serpent (67% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • He was positive he was doomed, and there was just no reasoning with him.
    Book 4 — Bel and the Serpent (69% in)
  • positive = certain
  • Especially Robine, who is Catholic and from Paris, France, and will positively not eat dessert with the same fork she used at dinner.
    Book 5 — Exodus (18% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • I can tell you with absolute positivity that I am soon going to be Mrs. Daniel Attaché-to-the-Ambassador DuPrée.
    Book 5 — Exodus (36% in)
positivity = certainty
There are no more uses of "positive" flagged with this meaning in The Poisonwood Bible.

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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Definition
good or beneficial
  • He views Leah's bow and arrows as a positive development in our household after so many other discouraging ones, such as the death, for all practical purposes, of Ruth May.
    Book 3 — Judges (71% in)
positive = good
There are no more uses of "positive" flagged with this meaning in The Poisonwood Bible.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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