What does affirmative mean?

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"


  1. affirmativenoun

    Yes; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.

  2. affirmativenoun

    An answer that shows agreement or acceptance.

  3. affirmativenoun

    An assertion.

  4. affirmativeadjective

    pertaining to truth; asserting that something is

  5. affirmativeadjective

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

  6. affirmativeadjective


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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Affirmativeadjective

    Etymology: from affirm.

    For the affirmative, we are now to answer such proofs of theirs as have been before alleged. Richard Hooker.

    Whether there are such beings or not, ’tis sufficient for my purpose, that many have believed the affirmative. John Dryden, Tyrannick Love. Preface to.

    As in algebra, where affirmative quantities vanish or cease, there negative ones begin: so in mechanicks, where attraction ceases, there a repulsive virtue ought to succeed. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    Be not confident and affirmative in an uncertain matter, but report things modestly and temperately, according to the degree of that persuasion, which is, or ought to be, begotten by the efficacy of the authority, or the reason, inducing thee. Taylor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affirmativeadjective

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

  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

  3. Affirmativeadjective

    positive; dogmatic

  4. Affirmativeadjective

    expressing the agreement of the two terms of a proposition

  5. Affirmativeadjective

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

  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

  7. Affirmativenoun

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

  8. 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. William Wilmoth:

    These guys have every right to have off-center political views, but when they made affirmative steps to blow up an actual federal facility... we thought it was an important place for us to go and prosecute.

  2. Matthew Benson:

    I think the data on which the gender-affirmative model is based is not scientific.

  3. Brian Fallon:

    She talked the other day how we are taking this campaign national. I think a lot of the markers have been laid on a lot of what the core contrasts are on this campaign. There will be a couple debates in the next 10 days and I am sure some of those differences they have will manifest themselves and surface again, but in a phase of the campaign where we are not truly running a national campaign and in some of these states she has the opportunity to be there only for a brief period, we are going to lead with our affirmative message.

  4. Lauren Davenport:

    Racial identification is significant for the implementation of affirmative action, the drawing of legislative districts, and the enforcement of anti-discrimination laws in employment, education and housing.

  5. Brittany McBride:

    This helps kids commit it to muscle memory so when they get to conversations about sex if they are looking for an affirmative' yes' and get the' no,' they won't coerce because they know how to handle the situation.

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