- something that affirms or asserts; a positive statement or proposition; affirmation.
- a reply indicating assent, as Yes or I do.
- a manner or mode that indicates assent: a reply in the affirmative.
- the side, as in a debate, that affirms or defends a statement that the opposite side denies or attacks: to speak for the affirmative.
- (used to indicate agreement, assent, etc.): “Is this the right way to Lake George?” “Affirmative.”
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
January 2, 2015
In another unusual move, the grand jury considered not only the basic elements of the crime, but also affirmative defenses.We Need More Ferguson-style Grand Juries
November 30, 2014
A sizable number of Asian Americans feel that affirmative action, in college admissions or elsewhere, has hurt them personally.Why Harvard's Asians Are Invisible
November 28, 2014
And Derbyshire “always assume[s] that any black person in a well-paid position is an Affirmative Action hire.”Fringe Factor: Keep Harvey Milk Off Our Mail!
June 1, 2014
Politically, witness the increasing popularity of affirmative action based on class rather than race.How Barack and Michelle Have Normalized Black Prominence
May 30, 2014
Again, the girl made her formal response in the affirmative, then left the room.Within the Law
I cannot reply definitely in the affirmative to the question.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
He nodded, as she seemed to expect an answer in the affirmative.
Though this history has its opinion on that point too, and decidedly in the affirmative.
Being then asked if he had any inclination to eat, he answered in the affirmative.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
- confirming or asserting something as true or validan affirmative statement
- indicating agreement or assentan affirmative answer
- (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)
- a positive assertion
- a word or phrase stating agreement or assent, such as yes (esp in the phrase answer in the affirmative)
- logic an affirmative proposition
- the affirmative mainly US and Canadian the side in a debate that supports the proposition
- military a signal codeword used to express assent or confirmation
Word Origin and History for affirmative
"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.