Definition of positively in English:



  • 1In a positive way, especially by expressing optimism, agreement, or acceptance.

    ‘the negotiations started positively, with agreement on several issues’
    ‘it's time I got down to thinking positively about this show’
    1. 1.1 In a way that indicates the presence of a certain substance or condition.
      ‘only three drivers tested positively for excess alcohol following accidents in the area’
      • ‘Sitting alone on the stage with only his trademark flask of tea and his pipe for company, the old boy positively exudes optimism.’
      • ‘One hundred percent of every person who comes onboard is screened, positively identified, and tracked in our system, while they're with us as a passenger or a crewmember.’
      • ‘Despite downplaying the role of the forensic pathologist, it remains a key one in positively identifying the individual, the cause of death and helping to piece together how it happened.’
      • ‘The mini - subs only carry explosive charges when a mine has been positively identified and the detonators are pressure-sensitive to explode at depths of more than 10 metres.’
      • ‘It was stored in a freezer and positively identified this morning.’
      • ‘I want to emphasize that I am positively for this ticket.’
      • ‘It felt very happy about circumstances, it was positively humming with optimism.’
      • ‘As many as 250 people have been positively identified as descendants of Thomas Rice.’
      • ‘Experts are still working to identify positively the sources of the outbreaks.’
      • ‘As noted earlier, only an expert can positively identify a substance as biological growth and lab analysis may be required for final confirmation.’
      • ‘Police have positively identified the bulk of a mob of 274 cattle, allegedly stolen from properties and saleyards in Victoria and New South Wales.’
      • ‘Her grandmother also positively identified the man.’
      • ‘During his testimony on Friday, Lewis said Joseph was positively identified by Jones during a line-up at the station.’
      • ‘Two eyewitnesses positively identified Mr Porter as the killer.’
      • ‘The very latest technology involves ‘facial recognition’ - a system that can positively identify a suspect instantly simply from his or her face.’
      • ‘U.S. officials have already played down the importance of visually identifying the men, saying their dental and medical records positively identified the brothers.’
      • ‘Finally, that evening, both drivers were called to account but both continued to deny having ever seen it, and, after the passage of time, neither could be positively identified as the recipient.’
      • ‘There were around 100 people at the Blue Lagoon on Saturday and a number of them thought they saw a vehicle, which has not yet been positively identified, being driven erratically at the top of the cliff.’
      • ‘We have to through the dental work and DNA to positively identify that's her.’
      • ‘Yesterday evening New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik announced that just 152 bodies had been recovered, of which 92 had been positively identified.’
      • ‘And as I went over to meet with the families and be briefed this morning, there was speculation from some of the media that we had identified 60 positively.’
      • ‘She couldn't positively identify any of the men shown in the pictures - until, on her third and final visit to his office, Price pulled out another file.’
      • ‘Three men were detained, but since witnesses failed to positively identify them as the attackers, they will not be charged in this case.’
    2. 1.2 With certainty; so as to leave no room for doubt.
      ‘experts could not positively identify the voices’
  • 2Used to emphasize that something is the case, even though it may seem surprising.

    ‘this is positively the last word on the matter’
    as submodifier ‘some of the diets may be positively dangerous’
    • ‘Once the pride of Russia's armed forces, the Northern Fleet has been allowed to degenerate to a state in which it is positively dangerous for the ships to put to sea.’
    • ‘Local legend recalls that the day he came around with his samples was bad enough but the day the orders arrived at the factory was positively dangerous.’
    • ‘I exchanged a surprised look with Andy who looked positively speechless.’
    • ‘Some of these drugs are not only unsuitable but positively dangerous.’
    • ‘In some sense it's in danger of being positively offensive to someone who has suffered horrific evils to hear that it is all for a greater good and that the theodicist is really quite happy with it all in the end.’
    • ‘Many of those places are positively dangerous and it is surprising that there have not been clamours to have them made safer by the removal of parked vehicles.’
    • ‘This will certainly be a great amenity as the existing bridge at the eastern end of Athea is positively dangerous, especially for schoolchildren who use it regularly as it has no footpath.’
    • ‘Colonies which declined to accept the full extent of parliamentary supremacy were not merely worthless, they were positively dangerous.’
    • ‘I am positively surprised how well this really worked out.’
    • ‘Although poor visibility can be a nuisance for all of us, there are some activities where it is positively dangerous, and one group of people, where it can be life-threatening, are aircraft pilots.’
    • ‘The result is that ordinary politics, or perhaps we should say the politics that ordinary people make, is not just foolish but positively dangerous.’
    • ‘Not only was it surprisingly good with the cabbage, it positively invited improvisation, drawing to it whatever was in season or especially appealing at the produce stand.’
    • ‘The bustle and diversity of the crowd was positively Prom-like, which surprised me as a newcomer to the series (unsure when the coffee would be served).’
    • ‘His lips were set into a thin line, his eyes narrowed, and he looked positively dangerous.’
    • ‘I looked positively exhausted, but surprisingly, I was feeling better after my conversation with Scott.’
    • ‘The terms preceding the words ‘assuming’ not merely do not dispel the reference to market which is the heart of valuation but positively emphasise it.’
    • ‘Short-term thinking has many uses in daily life, but at the social level it has become positively dangerous.’
    • ‘But instead he emphasizes the importance of fighting drugs, positively encouraging to continue the misallocation of resources.’
    • ‘In fact, today weak cover can be positively dangerous to anyone trying to work under deep cover.’
    • ‘But the Chancellor has never been shy of talking about the need for moral and civic virtue and his welfare policy is positively Presbyterian in its emphasis on salvation by work.’
    emphatically, confidently, firmly, categorically, definitely, with certainty, conclusively, without qualification, certainly, beyond question, unquestionably, undoubtedly, indisputably, unmistakably, indubitably, assuredly
    absolutely, really, downright, simply, thoroughly, completely, utterly, totally, perfectly, extremely, to a marked degree, decidedly, fairly
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