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affirmative

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adjective af·fir·ma·tive \ə-ˈfər-mə-tiv\

Definition of affirmative

  1. 1 :  asserting that the fact is so gave an affirmative answer affirmative proof

  2. 2 :  positive an affirmative approach

  3. 3 :  favoring or supporting a proposition or motion an affirmative vote was on the affirmative side in the debate

  4. 4 logic :  asserting a predicate of a subject

affirmatively

adverb responded affirmatively

Examples of affirmative in a Sentence

  1. She gave an affirmative answer, not a negative answer.

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Origin and Etymology of affirmative

see affirm


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affirmative

noun af·fir·ma·tive

Definition of affirmative

  1. 1 :  an expression (such as the word yes) of affirmation or assent

  2. 2 :  the side that upholds the proposition stated in a debate

  3. 3 logic :  an affirmative (see 1affirmative 4) proposition

in the affirmative

  1. :  with an affirmative reply :  with a reply that means “yes” He answered in the affirmative.

Examples of affirmative in a Sentence

  1. we have five affirmatives and two negatives for forming the committee

Origin and Etymology of affirmative

see affirm


AFFIRMATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

affirmative

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Definition of affirmative for English Language Learners

  • : saying or showing that the answer is “yes” rather than “no”


AFFIRMATIVE Defined for Kids

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affirmative

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adjective af·fir·ma·tive \ə-ˈfər-mə-tiv\

Definition of affirmative for Students

  1. 1 :  saying or showing that the answer is "yes" He gave an affirmative answer.

  2. 2 :  being positive or helpful Take an affirmative approach to the problem.


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noun af·fir·ma·tive

Definition of affirmative for Students

  1. 1 :  an expression (as the word yes) of agreement

  2. 2 :  the side that supports or votes for something


Law Dictionary

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adjective af·fir·ma·tive \ə-ˈfər-mə-tiv\

Legal Definition of affirmative

  1. 1 :  asserting the existence of certain facts especially in support of a cause of action affirmative proof

  2. 2 :  resulting from an intentional act affirmative concealment

  3. 3 :  involving or requiring application of effort an affirmative duty

  4. 4 :  favoring or supporting a proposition or motion an affirmative vote

affirmatively

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