[ poz-i-tiv-lee or especially for 3, poz-i-tiv-lee ]
/ ˈpɒz ɪ tɪv li or especially for 3, ˌpɒz ɪˈtɪv li /


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!

Origin of positively

First recorded in 1585–95; positive + -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for positively

/ (ˈpɒzɪtɪvlɪ) /


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

sentence substitute

unquestionably; absolutely
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