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Definition of positively adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1
    , NAmE//ˌpɑzəˈtɪvli//
    used to emphasize the truth of a statement, especially when this is surprising or when it contrasts with a previous statement Some diets may be positively dangerous. The instructions were not just confusing, they were positively misleading. Tonight's performance is positively the last time the band will appear together.
  2. 2in a way that shows you are thinking of the good things about a situation, not the bad Very few of those interviewed spoke positively about their childhood. Thinking positively is one way of dealing with stress. opposite negatively
  3. 3in a way that shows you approve of or agree with something or someone Investors reacted positively to news of the takeover. opposite negatively
  4. 4in a way that leaves no possibility of doubt synonym Her attacker has now been positively identified by police.
  5. 5(technology) in a way that contains or produces the type of electricity that is opposite to that carried by an electron positively charged protons opposite negatively
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