What does affirmative mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word affirmative.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. affirmative(adj)

    a reply of affirmation

    "he answered in the affirmative"

  2. affirmative, affirmatory(adj)

    affirming or giving assent

    "an affirmative decision"; "affirmative votes"

  3. affirmative, optimistic(adj)

    expecting the best

    "an affirmative outlook"

  4. approving, affirmative, approbative, approbatory, plausive(adj)

    expressing or manifesting praise or approval

    "approbative criticism"; "an affirmative nod"


  1. affirmative(Noun)

    Yes; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.

  2. affirmative(Noun)

    An answer that shows agreement or acceptance.

  3. affirmative(Noun)

    An assertion.

  4. affirmative(Adjective)

    pertaining to truth; asserting that something is

  5. affirmative(Adjective)

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

  6. affirmative(Adjective)


  7. Origin: From affirmatif, from affirmativus, from affirmare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affirmative(adj)

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

  2. Affirmative(adj)

    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

  3. Affirmative(adj)

    positive; dogmatic

  4. Affirmative(adj)

    expressing the agreement of the two terms of a proposition

  5. Affirmative(adj)

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

  6. Affirmative(noun)

    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

  7. Affirmative(noun)

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

  8. Origin: [L. affirmativus: cf. F. affirmatif.]

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  

How to say affirmative in sign language?

  1. affirmative


  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. Steve King:

    Some people think it's moved enough to justify an affirmative vote.

  2. Anthony Jack:

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

  3. Gabriela Cuevas Barron:

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

  4. John Burroughs:

    It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative.

  5. Bill Daly:

    We will further explore the situation privately before taking any affirmative position on next steps.

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