Definition of positively in English:



  • 1In a positive way, in particular:

    • ‘Testimonials on the site, from educators and students in particular, comment positively on the save and store features as well as the author linking capabilities.’
    • ‘In the second period the Mayo firm again responded positively, particularly after conceding a second goal which left them seven points adrift.’
    • ‘Many Muslim leaders have responded positively, particularly the 50 Labour councillors who this week declared their support for the Allied campaign in Afghanistan.’
    • ‘Without a real person to positively bond with, children will choose, as a default option, either a fictional character or someone they'll never meet, like a celebrity or a religious figure.’
    • ‘A particularly useful theme of the book is how to adjust to one's new emotional history and in particular how to deal positively with children as a noncustodial parent.’
    • ‘The market reacted positively to the participation in the elections of Simeon Saxe-Coburg and his economic team.’
    • ‘He acknowledged that because of COMACO, Zambia had one of the best methods of engaging rural communities to participate positively in wildlife conservation.’
    • ‘For Chomsky, the media may cover a particular political event positively because they are acting as the propaganda wing of the government.’
    • ‘The responses to the questionnaire survey showed that patients with common mental disorders in the community generally respond positively to participation in teaching.’
    • ‘Mary, a typical middle-England single mother, reacts particularly positively to one of their arts policies.’
    • ‘The Lee Green branch is positively brimming with stock - not surprising given the advance notice of King's visit.’
    • ‘We feel part and parcel of this campaign, and if it should be asked, everything will be considered seriously and positively.’
    • ‘We examined general practitioner and hospital records for details of diagnoses and abnormal test results among participants reporting positively on any of these eight questionnaire items.’
    • ‘Camp and school partnerships have the potential to positively influence participating students and staff, the schools they come from, and the families to which they return.’
    • ‘‘I like it,’ I decided, finally remarking kindly and positively to a fragrance she tried.’
    • ‘Despite all this, no level of government has displayed any serious interest in responding positively.’
    • ‘It made me feel quite positively inclined towards the yet-to-be launched new paper’
    • ‘To their credit the Newbridge side reacted positively to the well-chosen remarks of coach Bernard Jackman at half-time.’
    • ‘Despite little more than two hours proper sleep and a morning long downpour arguably not too dissimilar from the one that cleansed all but Noah and his posse I started the day quite positively.’
    • ‘Participants responded positively to messages promoting hope, answering questions, and providing CF information.’
    • ‘Pulse is open to anyone who can prove their ability and dedication to filmmaking, and teams of writers, directors and producers, in particular, are positively encouraged.’
    1. 1.1 With certainty:
      ‘experts could not positively identify the voices’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As noted earlier, only an expert can positively identify a substance as biological growth and lab analysis may be required for final confirmation.’
      • ‘Three men were detained, but since witnesses failed to positively identify them as the attackers, they will not be charged in this case.’
      • ‘Two eyewitnesses positively identified Mr Porter as the killer.’
      • ‘Sitting alone on the stage with only his trademark flask of tea and his pipe for company, the old boy positively exudes optimism.’
      • ‘Police have positively identified the bulk of a mob of 274 cattle, allegedly stolen from properties and saleyards in Victoria and New South Wales.’
      • ‘I want to emphasize that I am positively for this ticket.’
      • ‘It felt very happy about circumstances, it was positively humming with optimism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yesterday evening New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik announced that just 152 bodies had been recovered, of which 92 had been positively identified.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Experts are still working to identify positively the sources of the outbreaks.’
      • ‘The very latest technology involves ‘facial recognition’ - a system that can positively identify a suspect instantly simply from his or her face.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As many as 250 people have been positively identified as descendants of Thomas Rice.’
      • ‘It was stored in a freezer and positively identified this morning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her grandmother also positively identified the man.’
      • ‘U.S. officials have already played down the importance of visually identifying the men, saying their dental and medical records positively identified the brothers.’
      • ‘We have to through the dental work and DNA to positively identify that's her.’
      • ‘During his testimony on Friday, Lewis said Joseph was positively identified by Jones during a line-up at the station.’
    2. 1.2[as submodifier] Used to emphasize that something is the case, even though it may seem surprising:
      ‘some of the diets may be 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.’
      • ‘I exchanged a surprised look with Andy who looked positively speechless.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The result is that ordinary politics, or perhaps we should say the politics that ordinary people make, is not just foolish but positively dangerous.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘Short-term thinking has many uses in daily life, but at the social level it has become 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am positively surprised how well this really worked out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His lips were set into a thin line, his eyes narrowed, and he looked positively dangerous.’
      • ‘Colonies which declined to accept the full extent of parliamentary supremacy were not merely worthless, they were positively dangerous.’
      • ‘Some of these drugs are not only unsuitable but 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.’
      • ‘I looked positively exhausted, but surprisingly, I was feeling better after my conversation with Scott.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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