certainly

a) In a way which is certain; with certainty.

he verily thought he had young live frogs in his belly, qui vivebant ex alimento suo, that lived by his nourishment, and was so certainly persuaded of it, that for many years following he could not be rectified in his conceit.

b) Without doubt, surely; of course.

The accident was certainly caused by human error.


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  • certainly — index a fortiori, admittedly, fairly (clearly) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • certainly — c.1300, in all main modern senses, from CERTAIN (Cf. certain) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • certainly — [adv] without doubt absolutely, assuredly, cert*, exactly, for a fact, of course, positively, posolutely*, right on*, surely, unquestionably, without fail; concept 535 Ant. doubtfully, dubiously, equivocally, questionably …   New thesaurus

  • certainly — ► ADVERB 1) definitely; undoubtedly. 2) yes; by all means …   English terms dictionary

  • certainly — [sʉrt′ nlē] adv. 1. beyond a doubt; surely 2. yes …   English World dictionary

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  • certainly */*/*/ — UK [ˈsɜː(r)t(ə)nlɪ] / US [ˈsɜrt(ə)nlɪ] adverb 1) used for emphasizing that something is definitely true or will definitely happen I certainly hope you re right. There certainly wasn t any point in doing it now. 2) spoken used for expressing… …   English dictionary


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