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

Nearby words

  1. affinity group,
  2. affirm,
  3. affirmance,
  4. affirmant,
  5. affirmation,
  6. affirmative action,
  7. affirmative flag,
  8. affirmatively,
  9. affirmatory,
  10. affix

Origin of affirmative

1400–50; < Latin affirmātīvus, equivalent to affirmāt- (see affirmation) + -īvus -ive; replacing late Middle English affirmatyff < Middle French < Latin

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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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