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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈæb.səˌl(j)uːt.li/, /ˌæb.səˈl(j)uːt.li/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌæb.səˈlut.li/, /ˈæb.səˌlut.li/
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absolutely (not comparable)
- In an absolute or unconditional manner; utterly, positively, wholly.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:completely
- Independently; viewed without relation to other things or factors.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:individually
- 1926, Nicomachus of Gerasa, Frank Egleston Robbins, Louis Charles Karpinski, translated by Martin Luther D'Ooge, Introduction to Arithmetic, New York: The Macmillan Company, page 50:
- Another characteristic of numbers, which does not concern their mutual relations so much as themselves absolutely, is their ability, according to the ideas of Nicomachus, to conform to geometrical arrangements.
- Absolutely is not to be confused with intensives such as very or indeed, as it is an unconditional term, absolutely/*very essential, vital or crucial.
in an absolute manner
independently; viewed without relation to other things or factors
in a manner that does not take an object
- Yes, certainly; expression indicating strong agreement.
- Is Bob a good teacher?
- Do you want a free cookie with that coffee?
- Some commentators, especially in England, criticise the interjectional use as having no meaning beyond that of yes. This is not to mean that emphasis is useless, which of course, pragmatically speaking, it isn’t; rather, it means that absolutely is better avoided when there is no emphasis, or, in other words, when the meaning is simply Yes (compare, in French, the use of Tout à fait as an answer, with the meaning of Oui, which is advised against by the Trésor de la langue française informatisé). On the other hand, emphasis can also be expressed in other ways: for instance, Yes, of course, Yes, indeed, Yes, certainly.
- ^ “absō̆lūtlī, adv.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
- ^ “absolutely, adv.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.
- ^ Christopher Howse; Richard Preston (2007) She Literally Exploded: The Daily Telegraph Infuriating Phrasebook, London: Constable and Robinson, →ISBN, page 3.