One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Emphatically; without a doubt, irrefutably. Also used as an emphatic affirmative: yes, certainly, definitely.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Syracuse Herald. In some forms apparently irregularly from posit- + -olutely. In some forms blend of positively and absolutely (with the different spellings of the unstressed vowel in the second syllable reflecting the spellings of the component words).
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