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positively

[poz-i-tiv-lee or especially for 3, poz-i-tiv-lee] /ˈpɒz ɪ tɪv li or especially for 3, ˌpɒz ɪˈtɪv li/
adverb
1.
with certainty; absolutely:
The statement is positively true.
2.
decidedly; unquestionably; definitely:
His conduct is positively shocking.
interjection
3.
(used to express strong affirmation) yes:
Do you plan to go to the party? Positively!
Origin of positively
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; positive + -ly
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  • When he did go it was always understood to be positively for not more than two weeks.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • This perpetual atmosphere of duplicity was positively distasteful.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • And my confidence, Linda, is positively supreme that she could not do it.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • positively, there did seem to be a kind of stifled murmur, within!

    The Paradise of Children Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He is confined to his room, and is positively starving for company.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for positively

positively

/ˈpɒzɪtɪvlɪ/
adverb
1.
in a positive manner
2.
(intensifier): he disliked her: in fact, he positively hated her
sentence substitute
3.
unquestionably; absolutely
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Word Origin and History for positively
adv.

mid-15c., "in a definite way," from positive (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "absolutely" is from 1777.

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