Commonly Confused Words: “Definitely” vs. “Defiantly”

17 06 2012

Misused word: Defiantly

Example of misuse: I think it’s defiantly going to rain tomorrow

Word it is confused with: Definitely

Corrected example: I think it’s definitely going to rain tomorrow

Explanation: According to dictionary.com, the definition of defiantly is:

Characterized by defiance; boldly resistant or challenging

The definition of definitely, is:

1. in a definite manner; unambiguously.
2. unequivocally; positively.
If you are certain that it is going to rain, use definitely; if you think that it is going to rain to go against everyone’s wishes that it doesn’t, use defiantly!
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