/poz"i tiv lee/ or, esp. for 3, /poz'i tiv"lee/, adv.
1. with certainty; absolutely: The statement is positively true.
2. decidedly; unquestionably; definitely: His conduct is positively shocking.
3. (used to express strong affirmation) yes: Do you plan to go to the party? Positively!
[1585-95; POSITIVE + -LY]

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