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

with certainty; absolutely: The statement is positively true.
decidedly; unquestionably; definitely: His conduct is positively shocking.

interjection

(used to express strong affirmation) yes: Do you plan to go to the party? Positively!

Nearby words

  1. positive scotoma,
  2. positive stain,
  3. positive theology,
  4. positive vetting,
  5. positive-negative pressure breathing,
  6. positivism,
  7. positivity,
  8. positron,
  9. positron emission tomography,
  10. positronium

Origin of positively

First recorded in 1585–95; positive + -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for positively

positively

/ (ˈpɒzɪtɪvlɪ) /

adverb

in a positive manner
(intensifier)he disliked her: in fact, he positively hated her

sentence substitute

unquestionably; absolutely
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Word Origin and History for positively

positively

adv.

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

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