absolutely

absolutely

synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of absolutely in English

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English

Etymology

absolute +‎ -ly, from Middle English.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /æb.səˈl(j)uːt.lɪ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæb.səˈlut.li/, /ˈæb.səˌlut.li/

Adverb

absolutely (not comparable)

  1. In an absolute or unconditional manner; utterly, positively, wholly. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
  2. Independently; viewed without relation to other things or factors. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
  3. (grammar) In a manner that does not take an object.

Usage notes

  • Absolutely is not to be confused with intensives such as very or indeed, as it is an unconditional term.

Synonyms

  • (in an absolute or unconditional manner): See also Thesaurus:completely
  • (viewed without relation to other things): See also Thesaurus:individually

Translations

Interjection

absolutely

  1. Yes; certainly; expression indicating strong agreement. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]

Usage notes

  • Some commentators, especially in England, criticise the interjectional use as having no useful meaning beyond that of yes; however, this assumes that emphasis is useless, which, pragmatically speaking, it isn’t.

Translations

See also

  • absitively posolutely

References

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