(used to indicate agreement, assent, etc.): “Is this the right way to Lake George?” “Affirmative.”

Origin of affirmative

1400–50; < Latin affirmātīvus, equivalent to affirmāt- (see affirmation) + -īvus -ive; replacing late Middle English affirmatyff < Middle French < Latin
Related formsaf·firm·a·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·af·firm·a·tive, adjectiveo·ver·af·firm·a·tive·ly, adverbpre·af·firm·a·tive, adjectivequa·si-af·firm·a·tive, adjectivequa·si-af·firm·a·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for affirmatively

Contemporary Examples of affirmatively

  • With these new apps, users will have to affirmatively click a consent box that gives the app permission to share information.

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    Facebook’s New Grab for More Data

    Justin Brookman

    September 22, 2011

Historical Examples of affirmatively

  • 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.


    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.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

British Dictionary definitions for affirmatively



confirming or asserting something as true or validan affirmative statement
indicating agreement or assentan affirmative answer
  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 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

sentence substitute

military a signal codeword used to express assent or confirmation
Derived Formsaffirmatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for affirmatively

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



"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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