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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"


  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.


  1. Affirmative

    Affirmative refers to expressing or asserting something positively or confirming a statement or proposition. It often carries a positive connotation and indicates agreement, approval, or support for an idea, action, or belief. In the context of language, an affirmative statement affirms or confirms a fact or position, usually avoiding negation or contradiction. It is the opposite of a negative or denying response.

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. Lewis Baldwin:

    Democratic Socialist was not talking about race-based affirmative action. Democratic Socialist was concerned about need-based affirmative action, if you look at Democratic Socialist call for an economic bill of rights, Democratic Socialist was talking about affirmative action that benefited all people that were poor and deprived.

  2. The GOP report:

    [Former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard] Donoghue noted in his testimony that, until this meeting, President Trump did not fully understand the gravity of his advisors’ concerns with Clark’s plan, which were serious enough that they and other senior DOJ leaders had stated they would resign if Clark was made Acting Attorney General and his plan was implemented, president Trump then turned to Donoghue and asked if he would resign if Clark became Acting Attorney General, to which he answered in the affirmative.

  3. Roger Wicker:

    The irony is that the Supreme Court is at the very time hearing cases about this sort of affirmative racial discrimination while adding someone who is the beneficiary of this sort of quota.

  4. 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.

  5. Emily Vraga:

    So I think using that affirmative empathetic tone is better because the correction still works and it doesn't make [ the person you're correcting ] feel thrown under the bus.

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