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- In a way which is certain; with certainty.
- Without doubt, surely.
- The accident was certainly caused by human error.
- That was certainly sweet of him.
- You may certainly join us for dinner.
- 1908, W. B. M. Ferguson, Zollenstein, chapterIV:
- So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills, […] a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
2013 June 7, Gary Younge, “Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 18:
- WikiLeaks did not cause these uprisings but it certainly informed them. The dispatches revealed details of corruption and kleptocracy that many Tunisians suspected, but could not prove, and would cite as they took to the streets.
- An emphatic affirmative answer; of course.
- Would you like it with ice? Certainly, and with lemon please.
without doubt, surely
emphatic affirmative answer
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- certainly in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- certainly in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913