Definition of affirmative
- gave an affirmative answer
- affirmative proof
- an affirmative approach
- an affirmative vote
- was on the affirmative side in the debate
- responded affirmatively
She gave an affirmative answer, not a negative answer.
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we have five affirmatives and two negatives for forming the committee
: saying or showing that the answer is “yes” rather than “no”
What made you want to look up affirmative? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
investment of mental or emotional energy
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