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UK [ˈpɒzətɪvlɪ] / US [ˈpɑzətɪvlɪ] adverb
1) mainly spoken used for emphasizing that something is true, especially something surprising or unexpected

His voice changed and became positively angry.

2) in a way that is likely to have good results

We need to approach this problem positively.

3) in a way that shows you approve or agree with something

Most people reacted quite positively to the proposal.

4) in a confident or definite way

"Believe in yourself," he said positively.

English dictionary. 2014.

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