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1. in an effusive manner;
- Example: "the critics praised her effusively"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

effusive \ef*fu"sive\, a. 1. Pouring out; pouring forth freely. [archaic] "Washed with the effusive wave." --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geol.) formed by an outpouring of molten lava, or pertaining to rocks so formed. [PJC] 3. overly demonstrative; expressing emotion in an unrestrained manner; exhibiting unrestrained enthusiasm; -- of people and human actions; as, effusive thanks; an effusive letter of recommendation. Contrasted with reserved. [WordNet sense 1+2] Syn: gushing, gushy, burbling, burbly. [PJC] Effusive rocks (Geol.), volcanic rocks formed by a nonexplosive outpouring of lava in molten or plastic form; in distinction from so-called intrusive, or plutonic, rocks. -- Ef*fu"sive*ly, adv. -- Ef*fu"sive*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

effusively adv 1: in an effusive manner; "the critics praised her effusively"