absolutely

adverb ab·so·lute·ly \ ˈab-sə-ˌlüt-lē , ˌab-sə-ˈ \

Definition of absolutely

1 :in an absolute manner: such as
a :completely or totally
  • absolutely certain
  • an absolutely clear explanation
often used as an intensive
  • an absolutely brilliant performance
  • an absolutely awful experience
  • You're absolutely right.
b :with unlimited power
  • ruling absolutely
2 a used in speech as a forceful way of saying "yes" or of expressing agreement
  • "Would you like to see a movie tonight?" "Absolutely!"
  • "We all need to work harder." "Absolutely!"
b used in speech in the phrase absolutely not as a forceful way of saying "no" or of expressing disagreement
  • "Do you think he's right?" "Absolutely not!"
3 mathematics :with respect to absolute values
  • an absolutely convergent series

Examples of absolutely in a Sentence

  1. He is absolutely certain who will win.

  2. Let me make one thing absolutely clear.

  3. Keep absolutely quiet during the movie.

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Origin and Etymology of absolutely

Middle English, from absolut absolute + -ly 2-ly



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