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The difference between Obviously and Absolutely


The main difference between these two adverbs is that ‘obviously’ is used to state something that is evident and plainly visible for anyone to see, and ‘absolutely’ is used when something is done with no restriction or limitation.

They do not mean the same thing; the only thing they have in common is that they are both adverbs.

OBVIOUSLY – when something can easily be perceived or clearly understood.
• She was obviously unwell; anyone could see that.
• He was obviously lying, you could tell by the look on his face.
• They were obviously in love, and didn’t care what anyone thought.
• I need your help with something. Can I trust you to keep it a secret?” “Well, obviously you can! You shouldn’t even need to ask me that!”

ABSOLUTELY – with no restriction or limitation. Completely or utterly with conviction.
• She trusted him absolutely.
• He had absolutely no reason to doubt his faith.
• He had absolutely covered every possible scenario he could think of, yet he still didn’t know where she’d gone.
• “I need your help with something. Can I trust you to keep it a secret?” “Yes, absolutely.”


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