affirmative

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

Definition of affirmative 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : positive an affirmative approach

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

4 logic : asserting a predicate of a subject

affirmative

noun

Definition of affirmative (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

3 logic : an affirmative (see affirmative entry 1 sense 4) proposition

in the affirmative

: with an affirmative reply : with a reply that means "yes" He answered in the affirmative.

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from affirmative

Adjective

affirmatively adverb
responded affirmatively

Synonyms & Antonyms for affirmative

Synonyms: Noun

yea, yes

Antonyms: Noun

nay, negative, no, non placet

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of affirmative in a Sentence

Adjective

She gave an affirmative answer, not a negative answer.

Noun

we have five affirmatives and two negatives for forming the committee

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Janus struck a second blow by requiring affirmative consent before collecting money from public workers. That’s good news for the litigants in the 2014 Harris case, whose claim for damages has been pending under the new title Riffey v Rauner. Red Jahncke, WSJ, "A Union Scam Could Be About to End," 16 July 2018 Antioch College in Ohio pioneered affirmative consent in 1991 to combat date rape on campus. Lisa Rose, CNN, "Sexual consent is a worldwide conversation," 4 Apr. 2018 Ars also specifically asked how the SBSD interprets the California State Constitution’s affirmative right to privacy, as outlined in Article I, Section 1. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Why does one California county sheriff have the highest rate of stingray use?," 24 Oct. 2018 The Trump administration is doing away with a series of affirmative-action policy documents put in place under former President Barack Obama that encourage colleges and universities to use race in admissions processes to promote campus diversity. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Trump administration is breaking from Obama-era affirmative action policies," 2 Oct. 2018 The biggest difference from the 2016 vote, which saw a stunning 5-4 rejection of Hansen’s Occidental request, is that the affirmative result now removes the final local hurdle to construction beginning and Seattle landing an NHL franchise. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Why the Seattle City Council voted in favor of KeyArena but not Chris Hansen’s Sodo project," 25 Sep. 2018 The lawsuit by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a limited-government organization that opposes affirmative-action policies, followed a series in The Courant last year that reported on efforts to diversify Hartford-area schools under the Sheff suit. Matthew Kauffman, courant.com, "Sheff Supporters Seek To Intervene In Suit Challenging Racial Quotas," 8 May 2018 Gaumont also is raising several other affirmative defenses to the lawsuit, including unclean hands and bad faith. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Narcos' Producer Says She Didn't Breach Confidentiality in Lawsuit Filing," 16 Apr. 2018 The social network has now responded in the affirmative, at least regarding Huawei, exacerbating the already-high tension between Facebook and U.S. lawmakers. David Meyer, Fortune, "Facebook Now Admits It Also Shared Your Data with Chinese Phone Maker Huawei," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Use liberally the affirmatives Yes, ma’am and Yes, sir, having grown up under threat of a stiff switch. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'affirmative.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of affirmative

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for affirmative

Adjective

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French affirmatif, borrowed from Late Latin affirmātīvus, from Latin affirmātus (past participle of affirmāre "to affirm") + -īvus -ive

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French affirmatif, noun derivative of affirmatif affirmative entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about affirmative

Share affirmative

Statistics for affirmative

Last Updated

10 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for affirmative

The first known use of affirmative was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for affirmative

affirmative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of affirmative

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

affirmative

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

Kids Definition of affirmative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

affirmative

noun

Kids Definition of affirmative (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 : the side that supports or votes for something

affirmative

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

Legal Definition of affirmative 

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

2 : resulting from an intentional act affirmative concealment

3 : involving or requiring application of effort an affirmative duty

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

Other Words from affirmative

affirmatively adverb

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on affirmative

What made you want to look up affirmative? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

living or existing for a long time

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!