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flatly ‎(comparative more flatly, superlative most flatly)

  1. In a definite manner; in a manner showing complete certainty.
    It was an accusation that he flatly denied.
  2. In a manner that shows no emotion
    He replied flatly to the policeman's questions.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In sense 1. the collocation is nearly always with a negative idea. To flatly deny. To flatly refuse. To flatly contradict. And so on, similarly.