absolutely


absolutely
absolutely
This word has a string of important meanings in the broad area ‘in an absolute position, manner, or degree’, and can be applied to many domains of physical and conceptual activity including language and politics. It has also come to be used as a mere intensive comparable to completely or utterly, even in non-gradable contexts (absolutely awful, absolutely delightful, absolutely essential, absolutely necessary, absolutely nothing, absolutely out of the question). In conversation, absolutely is used ‘absolutely’ (i.e. without a grammatical complement) as a strong affirmative reply:

• ‘Think you can do that?’‘Absolutely!’Dusty replied turning to her computer —Kristin Goode, 2003 [OEC].

With no and not, it is often used in speech as an emphatic refusal or denial:

• ‘Because your mother insisted.’ ‘Absolutely not.’ —B. Neil, 1993.

• There's absolutely no point in saving for a pension on my current wages —BBC News, 2004 [OEC].


Modern English usage. 2014.

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