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Definitions for absolutely
ˌæb səˈlut li, ˈæb səˌlut-ab·so·lute·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. absolutely, perfectly, utterly, deadadverb

    completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers

    "an absolutely magnificent painting"; "a perfectly idiotic idea"; "you're perfectly right"; "utterly miserable"; "you can be dead sure of my innocence"; "was dead tired"; "dead right"

  2. absolutelyadverb

    totally and definitely; without question

    "we are absolutely opposed to the idea"; "he forced himself to lie absolutely still"; "iron is absolutely necessary"


  1. absolutelyadverb

    In an absolute, independent, or unconditional manner; utterly, positively, wholly.

  2. absolutelyadverb

    With absolution.

  3. absolutelyadverb

    In a manner that does not take an object.

  4. absolutelyinterjection

    Yes; certainly; expression indicating strong agreement.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Absolutelyadverb

    Etymology: from absolute.

    All the contradictions which grow in those minds, that neither absolutely climb the rock of virtue, nor freely sink into the sea of vanity. Philip Sidney.

    What merit they can build upon having joined with a protestant army, under a king they acknowledged, to defend their own liberties and properties, is, to me, absolutely inconceivable; and, I believe, will equally be so for ever. Jonathan Swift, Presb. Plea.

    Absolutely we cannot discommend, we cannot absolutely approve either willingness to live, or forwardness to die. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    These then being the perpetual causes of zeal; the greatest good, or the greatest evil; either absolutely so in themselves, or relatively so to us; it is therefore good to be zealously affected for the one against the other. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    No sensible quality, as light, and colour, and heat, and sound, can be subsistent in the bodies themselves, absolutely considered, without a relation to our eyes and ears, and other organs of sense. These qualities are only the effects of our sensation, which arise from the different motions, upon our nerves, from objects without, according to their various modifications and positions. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    The prince long time had courted fortune’s love,
    But, once possess’d, did absolutely reign:
    Thus, with their Amazons, the heroes strove,
    And conquer’d first those beauties they would gain. John Dryden, Annus Mirabilis.

    And of that nature, for the most part, are things absolutely unto all mens salvation necessary, either to be held or denied, either to be done or avoided. Richard Hooker, Preface.

    Being as I am, why didst not thou
    Command me absolutely not to go,
    Going into such danger, as thou saidst? Parad. Lost, b. ix.


  1. Absolutely

    Absolutely is a song by Eurogliders, released in February 1986 as the fourth single from their third studio album, Absolutely! (1985). The song peaked at number 29 on the Australian Kent Music Report. Part of the music video was filmed on top of Australian heritage artifact, Sydney Water Reservoir Number 1.


  1. absolutely

    Absolutely refers to something that is completely, totally, or unquestionably as stated, without any doubt, condition, or limitations. It is commonly used to express total agreement or confirmation. Additionally, it can be used to describe something that exists independently or universally, not relative or dependent on something else.

  2. absolutely

    Absolutely is an adverb often used to affirm or agree without any doubt or restriction. It can also be used to emphasize a strong or fervent statement. In mathematics, it refers to the magnitude or value of a real number without its sign.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absolutelyadverb

    in an absolute, independent, or unconditional manner; wholly; positively


  1. Absolutely

    Absolutely is a popular United Kingdom television comedy sketch show shown on Channel 4 between 1989 and 1993. The cast and crew were mainly Scottish; the principal writers and performers were Moray Hunter, Jack Docherty, Peter Baikie, Gordon Kennedy, Morwenna Banks and John Sparkes. It was directed by Phil Chilvers, Alan Nixon, Alistair Clark, and Graham C Williams. The show's producers were Alan Nixon, and David Tyler

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'absolutely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2499

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'absolutely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #486

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'absolutely' in Adverbs Frequency: #152

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of absolutely in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of absolutely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of absolutely in a Sentence

  1. Jose Sanchez:

    Do I watch every game as if I am still playing and the biggest fan of the Giants? Absolutely, do I get frustrated like every other fan out there? Absolutely. Do I look at it and think that I could get off my couch sometimes and go play and help the team? Absolutely.

  2. Oscar Wilde:

    There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.

  3. Ben Carson:

    Could it have been done better? Absolutely. Are we perfect? Absolutely not. Did we need to make these changes? Absolutely yes, you're never going to be able to do a shakeup in a way that will please everybody.

  4. Raj Peter Bhakta:

    All good propaganda and lies contain elements of truth. So, have I been a hard-charging, hard-partying guy? Absolutely. Have I made mistakes? Absolutely. Am I a criminal and a fraud? Absolutely not. Absolutely not, these are classic dirty tricks used by a capitalist class and their lawyers to bully and intimidate an entrepreneur and a businessman to doing what they want.

  5. Prince Harry:

    How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we're both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there, i'm so incredibly proud of my wife. As every father and parent would say, your baby is absolutely amazing. But this little thing is absolutely to die for, so I'm just over the moon.

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    (law) the act of substituting of one creditor for another
    • A. subrogation
    • B. fervidness
    • C. instigation
    • D. cazique

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