Definition of positively in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒzətɪvli/


1In a positive way, in particular:
Example sentences
  • Camp and school partnerships have the potential to positively influence participating students and staff, the schools they come from, and the families to which they return.
  • Without a real person to positively bond with, children will choose, as a default option, either a fictional character or someone they'll never meet, like a celebrity or a religious figure.
  • Pulse is open to anyone who can prove their ability and dedication to filmmaking, and teams of writers, directors and producers, in particular, are positively encouraged.
1.1With certainty: experts could not positively identify the voices
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  • As noted earlier, only an expert can positively identify a substance as biological growth and lab analysis may be required for final confirmation.
  • Experts are still working to identify positively the sources of the outbreaks.
  • The very latest technology involves ‘facial recognition’ - a system that can positively identify a suspect instantly simply from his or her face.
1.2 [as submodifier] Used to emphasize that something is the case, even though it may seem surprising: some of the diets may be positively dangerous
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  • Many of those places are positively dangerous and it is surprising that there have not been clamours to have them made safer by the removal of parked vehicles.
  • The bustle and diversity of the crowd was positively Prom-like, which surprised me as a newcomer to the series (unsure when the coffee would be served).
  • I am positively surprised how well this really worked out.
absolutely, really, downright, simply, thoroughly, completely, utterly, totally, perfectly, extremely, to a marked degree, decidedly, fairly
informal plain, plumb

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