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Definitions for affirmative
əˈfɜr mə tɪvaf·fir·ma·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. affirmativeadjective

    a reply of affirmation

    "he answered in the affirmative"

  2. affirmative, affirmatoryadjective

    affirming or giving assent

    "an affirmative decision"; "affirmative votes"

  3. affirmative, optimisticadjective

    expecting the best

    "an affirmative outlook"

  4. approving, affirmative, approbative, approbatory, plausiveadjective

    expressing or manifesting praise or approval

    "approbative criticism"; "an affirmative nod"

Wiktionary

  1. affirmativenoun

    Yes; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.

    Etymology: From affirmatif, from affirmativus, from affirmare.

  2. affirmativenoun

    An answer that shows agreement or acceptance.

    Etymology: From affirmatif, from affirmativus, from affirmare.

  3. affirmativenoun

    An assertion.

    Etymology: From affirmatif, from affirmativus, from affirmare.

  4. affirmativeadjective

    pertaining to truth; asserting that something is

    Etymology: From affirmatif, from affirmativus, from affirmare.

  5. affirmativeadjective

    pertaining to any assertion or active confirmation that favors a particular result

    Etymology: From affirmatif, from affirmativus, from affirmare.

  6. affirmativeadjective

    positive

    Etymology: From affirmatif, from affirmativus, from affirmare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affirmativeadjective

    confirmative; ratifying; as, an act affirmative of common law

    Etymology: [L. affirmativus: cf. F. affirmatif.]

  2. Affirmativeadjective

    that affirms; asserting that the fact is so; declaratory of what exists; answering "yes" to a question; -- opposed to negative; as, an affirmative answer; an affirmative vote

    Etymology: [L. affirmativus: cf. F. affirmatif.]

  3. Affirmativeadjective

    positive; dogmatic

    Etymology: [L. affirmativus: cf. F. affirmatif.]

  4. Affirmativeadjective

    expressing the agreement of the two terms of a proposition

    Etymology: [L. affirmativus: cf. F. affirmatif.]

  5. Affirmativeadjective

    positive; -- a term applied to quantities which are to be added, and opposed to negative, or such as are to be subtracted

    Etymology: [L. affirmativus: cf. F. affirmatif.]

  6. Affirmativenoun

    that which affirms as opposed to that which denies; an affirmative proposition; that side of question which affirms or maintains the proposition stated; -- opposed to negative; as, there were forty votes in the affirmative, and ten in the negative

    Etymology: [L. affirmativus: cf. F. affirmatif.]

  7. Affirmativenoun

    a word or phrase expressing affirmation or assent; as, yes, that is so, etc

    Etymology: [L. affirmativus: cf. F. affirmatif.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. affirmative

    The positive sign or quantity in algebra; also signal flag or pendant by which a request or order is answered.

Editors Contribution

  1. affirmative

    (Adjective) Supportive of a statement or cause.

    Her nod was an indication of affirmation.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 15, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of affirmative in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of affirmative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of affirmative in a Sentence

  1. Anthony Jack:

    Some people have said wealth is affirmative action for white people.

  2. Alphonso David:

    I do expect that the Biden-Harris administration will take affirmative steps within the first day or so of taking office to satisfy their campaign pledges.

  3. Fred Eno:

    Preliminary contacts were made with the insurgents by those ... involved in the previous negotiations, with a view to reviving the deal we struck last time, they (Boko Haram) have responded in the affirmative and so various channels are being explored.

  4. Gabriela Cuevas Barron:

    Thats why we believe we need to encourage parliaments to have affirmative action.

  5. Walter E. Williams:

    Liberalism is a moral manipulation that exaggerates inequity and unfairness in American life in order to justify overreaching public policies and programs. Liberalism undermines the spirit of self-help and individual responsibility. For liberals in academia, the fact that black college students earn lower grades and have a higher dropout rate than any group besides reservation Indians means that blacks remain stymied and victimized by white racism. Thus, their push for affirmative action and other race-based programs is to assuage their guilt and shame for America’s past by having people around with black skin color. The heck with the human being inside that skin.

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