Correct spelling, explanation: definitely is a correct spelling of an adverb created from the adjective definite. In the composition of definitely, we have to add the suffix -ly to the adjective definite without any additional changes. For that reason, the misspelled version
definately is not correct and the only right spelling is definitely.
Definition of definitely:
adverb: without doubt, in a clear, unambiguous manner;
You look great in this color, you should definitely buy this shirt.
I definitely owe you an apology for saying that, I didn’t know your husband cheated on you.
Incorrect spelling, explanation:
definately is the incorrect version of an adverb definitely. Definitely is composed of an adjective definite with the suffix -ly attached. It requires no other changes, so according to this rule, the version definately is clearly a misspelling.
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