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2 having or showing a mind free from doubt
  • I'm positive that this is the right direction

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sure, certain, positive, cocksure mean having no doubt or uncertainty. sure usually stresses the subjective or intuitive feeling of assurance. felt sure that I had forgotten something certain may apply to a basing of a conclusion or conviction on definite grounds or indubitable evidence. police are certain about the cause of the fire positive intensifies sureness or certainty and may imply opinionated conviction or forceful expression of it. I'm positive that's the person I saw cocksure implies presumptuous or careless positiveness. you're always so cocksure about everything

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The first known use of positive was in the 14th century

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“Positive.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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