Origin of affirmative
Examples from the Web for affirmative
His was one of six votes against the day, which received 90 votes in the affirmative.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In another unusual move, the grand jury considered not only the basic elements of the crime, but also affirmative defenses.
A sizable number of Asian Americans feel that affirmative action, in college admissions or elsewhere, has hurt them personally.
Politically, witness the increasing popularity of affirmative action based on class rather than race.How Barack and Michelle Have Normalized Black Prominence|John McWhorter|May 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The piece—an intended satire of affirmative action—was not received quite as warmly as the “I speak Jive” scene from Airplane!Ex-Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Relives College Glory Days|Olivia Nuzzi|May 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Negotiations were continued between the two councils until an affirmative or a negative conclusion was reached.Ancient Society|Lewis Henry Morgan
It is better to make a direct statement in the affirmative if possible, than to involve it in negatives.The Lure of the Pen|Flora Klickmann
Wherever Henry or his allies could bribe or bully the learned doctors, an answer was usually given in the affirmative.A Student's History of England, v. 2 (of 3)|Samuel R. Gardiner.
"It was my bad management, it always is," said Rachel, ever affirmative.The Clever Woman of the Family|Charlotte M. Yonge
They use a direct and positive negative, but express the affirmative by a nod of the head or an inclination of the body.A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson|Watkin Tench
British Dictionary definitions for affirmative
- (of a categorial proposition) affirming the satisfaction by the subject of the predicate, as in all birds have feathers; some men are married
- not containing negationCompare negative (def. 12)