definite, definitely
have useful roles as emphasizing words, and should not be dismissed too readily as superfluous:

• His expression was bland, unreadable, but there was a definite glint in his eye that made her pulse begin to race —E. Richmond, 1991

• And pickled onions had definitely been a bad idea —S. Shepherd, 1988.

Since the 1930s, definitely has come into widespread use informally as a strong affirmative reply meaning ‘certainly, indeed’:

• ‘Would they recommend that the experiment is repeated another year?’ ‘Oh, definitely.’ —Sunday Times, 1959.

See also absolutely.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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