[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!
in a positive manner
(intensifier): he disliked her: in fact, he positively hated her
sentence substitute
unquestionably; absolutely

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


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