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Would you like to be a truck driver?

No, I wouldn't definitely like to be a truck driver.

Is the above sentence grammatically correct? Can I replace "I wouldn't definitely like to be" with the below? Is it still has the same meaning?

No, definitely not a truck driver

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No, I wouldn't definitely like to be a truck driver.

In this construction, not is taken to modify definitely and definitely is taken to modify only the complement, like to be a truck driver; you're saying that you would like to be a truck driver, but not definitely: only tentatively or conditionally.

What you probably mean is

No, I definitely wouldn't like to be a truck driver, or
No, I would definitely not like to be a truck driver.

—that is, it is quite certain that you would not like to be a truck driver.

As a response to the question "Would you like to be a truck driver?",

No, definitely not a truck driver

would be understood to have the second meaning, not the first: you don't want to be a truck driver.

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