Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a positive manner.
  • adv. With certainty.
  • adv. Very.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a positive manner; absolutely; really; expressly; with certainty; indubitably; peremptorily; dogmatically; -- opposed to negatively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a positive manner.
  • Absolutely; by itself; independently of anything else; not comparatively.
  • Not negatively; really; in its own nature; directly; inherently: thus, a thing is positively good when it produces happiness by its own qualities or operation: it is negatively good when it prevents an evil or does not produce it.
  • Certainly; indubitably; decidedly.
  • Directly; explicitly: as, the witness testified positively to the fact.
  • Peremptorily; in positive terms; expressly.
  • With full confidence or assurance: as, I cannot speak positively in regard to the fact.
  • By positive electricity: as, positively electrified. See electricity.
  • In mech., depending only on that which cannot fail without breaking; not depending on springs or gravity. See positive motion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. so as to be positive; in a positive manner
  • adv. extremely

Etymologies

positive +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hence, the legitimate province of the indicative mood, is to _declare_ things, whether positively or negatively; thus, _positively_, He _came_ with me; _negatively_, He _came not_ with me.

    English Grammar in Familiar Lectures

  • God is what I call positively mysterious: intelligible, but inexhaustible and hence not fully comprehensible.

    Development of doctrine, essence/energies,and ecumenism

  • Mgr Marx takes issue with financial journalists who use this term positively, "in praise of greed".

    CounterPunch

  • Al Khashti praised Zain's successful experience with KKMA and lauded what he described as a positively active role played by the company in providing help to people in need especially outside Kuwait,

    Arab Times Kuwait English Daily

  • Paul was referred to positively in 55 percent of the 1.1 million assessments about him on Twitter studied during this period.

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  • As the oncology nurse Cynthia Rittenberg has written, the pressure to think positively is “an additional burden to an already devastated patient.”

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  • The National Association of Home Builders September housing-market index, however, came in positively, the first rise in builder confidence in five months.

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  • I believe when it snows, crime decreases significantly; most probably because it causes people to return to the old ways of community spirit and officers become once again positively viewed as they get a bit of relief from target-chasing.

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  • GOP: Get it through your heads that we are all on the same team and let your actions begin positively speaking louder than your worlds to the benefit of people!

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  • "If it positively is the last, all right," said Peter Gee, gathering up the cards.

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