with certainty; absolutely: The statement is positively true.
decidedly; unquestionably; definitely: His conduct is positively shocking.
(used to express strong affirmation) yes: Do you plan to go to the party? Positively!
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How to use positively in a sentence
There are positively delightful cameos throughout, which I won’t spoil.The fabulous Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar recalls a bygone age of wackadoodle comedy | Alissa Wilkinson | February 12, 2021 | Vox
While bird hunting last month in South Dakota, conditions were positively dreadful.The Kora Xenolith Is My Secret Weapon Against the Cold | Wes Siler | February 2, 2021 | Outside Online
You’re trying to spin it positively by telling the guys they’ve been great to this point, but you also know they’re essentially in quarantine.These two college basketball teams are the last to get their opening tip — fingers crossed | Barry Svrluga | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
While resolutions are often phrased positively, Norcross said, they nevertheless create expectations for behavior, which can become a burden.Falling short on your 2021 resolutions? Remember: pandemic. | Allyson Chiu | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
I think guys respect that, but it’s rare to have a guy that young step in and really affect his teammates as positively as he has.Chase Young’s upbringing made him a ‘crazy unusual’ leader, and Washington is already following | Sam Fortier | January 1, 2021 | Washington Post
In the safety of the light of day, we positively revel in our facts.
Afterwards, the bodies were taken to the morgue to positively identify them.
On the other hand, he was positively effusive about the former first lady and New York senator.Panetta Criticizes Obama’s Syrian ‘Red Line’ Screw-Up, and Other Failures of Leadership | Lloyd Grove | October 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Because, for me, the idea of the regal Diane in the ratty warehouse digs is positively tantalizing.‘The Good Wife’ Creators on the Premiere’s Big Cary Twist, Will’s Death, and More | Kevin Fallon | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Baltimore Sun television columnist David Zurawik has been positively effusive.How TMZ Claims Its Celebrity Scalps, Like Ray Rice | Lloyd Grove | September 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"You positively convulse me, you're so very humorous," said Robinson, without a vestige of a smile.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
"The duke looked positively rejuvenated," said Hexam, spitefully, as they walked down the corridor.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
And the long-forgotten sound brought the past before him with such a vivid sense of reality that he positively shivered.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
Miss Watling seemed to interpret his thoughts, for she positively looked down and blushed.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
Never, when advancing an opinion, assert positively that a thing "is so," but give your opinion as an opinion.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for positively
in a positive manner
(intensifier): he disliked her: in fact, he positively hated her
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