- 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 affirmatively
With these new apps, users will have to affirmatively click a consent box that gives the app permission to share information.Facebook’s New Grab for More Data
September 22, 2011
So much is shown, affirmatively and negatively, by the election.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Seven
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
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
- 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 affirmatively
"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.