ab·​so·​lute·​ly | \ ˈab-sə-ˌlüt-lē How to pronounce absolutely (audio) , ˌab-sə-ˈlüt- \

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 performancean absolutely awful experienceYou're absolutely right.
b : with unlimited power ruling absolutely
2a 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

He is absolutely certain who will win. Let me make one thing absolutely clear. Keep absolutely quiet during the movie.
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First Known Use of absolutely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for absolutely

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

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The first known use of absolutely was in the 14th century

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25 Feb 2021

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“Absolutely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absolutely. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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