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affirmative

[uh-fur-muh-tiv] /əˈfɜr mə tɪv/
adjective
1.
affirming or assenting; asserting the truth, validity, or fact of something.
2.
expressing agreement or consent; assenting:
an affirmative reply.
3.
positive; not negative.
4.
Logic. noting a proposition in which a property of a subject is affirmed, as “All men are happy.”.
noun
5.
something that affirms or asserts; a positive statement or proposition; affirmation.
6.
a reply indicating assent, as Yes or I do.
7.
a manner or mode that indicates assent:
a reply in the affirmative.
8.
the side, as in a debate, that affirms or defends a statement that the opposite side denies or attacks:
to speak for the affirmative.
interjection
9.
(used to indicate agreement, assent, etc.): “Is this the right way to Lake George?” “Affirmative.”.
Origin of affirmative
1400-1450
1400-50; < Latin affirmātīvus, equivalent to affirmāt- (see affirmation) + -īvus -ive; replacing late Middle English affirmatyff < Middle French < Latin
Related forms
affirmatively, adverb
overaffirmative, adjective
overaffirmatively, adverb
preaffirmative, adjective
quasi-affirmative, adjective
quasi-affirmatively, adverb
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  • So much is shown, affirmatively and negatively, by the election.

  • These were questions which occurred to everyone, and many answered them affirmatively.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • If affirmatively, George supposes again that there's an end of it.

    Ginger-Snaps Fanny Fern
  • Yet she had said it, and women do not lie (affirmatively) about such a matter.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • My own mind was fully made up on that point, and affirmatively so.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • He added, rather interrogatively than affirmatively, "In the right spirit."

    The Minister's Charge William Dean Howells
  • affirmatively, the voice vibrates with the individual message.

    Expressive Voice Culture Jessie Eldridge Southwick
  • Hollister looked grave, then smiled, then affirmatively nodded.

    An Ambitious Woman Edgar Fawcett
  • May be predicated in like manner (affirmatively or negatively) of the latter term (or part of it).

    Logic Carveth Read
British Dictionary definitions for affirmatively

affirmative

/əˈfɜːmətɪv/
adjective
1.
confirming or asserting something as true or valid: an affirmative statement
2.
indicating agreement or assent: an affirmative answer
3.
(logic)
  1. (of a categorial proposition) affirming the satisfaction by the subject of the predicate, as in all birds have feathers; some men are married
  2. not containing negation Compare negative (sense 12)
noun
4.
a positive assertion
5.
a word or phrase stating agreement or assent, such as yes (esp in the phrase answer in the affirmative)
6.
(logic) an affirmative proposition
7.
(mainly US & Canadian) the affirmative, the side in a debate that supports the proposition
sentence substitute
8.
(military) a signal codeword used to express assent or confirmation
Derived Forms
affirmatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for affirmatively
adv.

mid-15c., from affirmative + -ly (2).

affirmative

adj.

"answering 'yes,'" mid-15c., from use in logic; from Middle French affirmatif (13c.), from Latin affirmativus, from affirmat-, past participle stem of affirmare (see affirm). As a noun from early 15c. Affirmative action "positive or corrective effort by employers to prevent discrimination in hiring or promotion" is attested from 1935 with regard to labor unions; specific racial sense is from 1961; now often used more generally in reference to hiring quotas, etc.

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