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affirmative

adjective af·fir·ma·tive \ ə-ˈfər-mə-tiv \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of affirmative

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

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

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


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affirmative

noun

Definition of affirmative

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 1affirmative 4) proposition
in the affirmative
: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

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


AFFIRMATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

affirmative

adjective

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

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

Definition of affirmative for Students

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.

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affirmative

noun

Definition of affirmative for Students

1 :an expression (as the word yes) of agreement
2 :the side that supports or votes for something

Law Dictionary

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

affirmatively

adverb


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