[ ab-suh-loot-lee, ab-suh-loot- ]
/ ˌæb səˈlut li, ˈæb səˌlut- /


without exception; completely; wholly; entirely: You are absolutely right.
positively; certainly.
(of a transitive verb) without an object.


(used emphatically to express complete agreement or unqualified assent): Do you think it will work? Absolutely!

Nearby words

  1. absolute threshold,
  2. absolute unit,
  3. absolute value,
  4. absolute viscosity,
  5. absolute zero,
  6. absolutely convergent,
  7. absolution,
  8. absolutism,
  9. absolutist,
  10. absolutive

Origin of absolutely

First recorded in 1525–35; absolute + -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for absolutely


/ (ˌæbsəˈluːtlɪ) /


in an absolute manner, esp completely or perfectly

sentence substitute

yes; certainly; unquestionably
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Word Origin and History for absolutely



late 14c., "unconditionally, completely," from absolute (adj.) + -ly (2). From mid-15c. as "without reference to anything else, not relatively;" meaning "to the utmost degree" emerged by mid-16c. As a colloquial emphatic in American English, it is attested from 1892.

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