Definition of Affirmative

1. Noun. A reply of affirmation. "He answered in the affirmative"

Generic synonyms: Affirmation, Avouchment, Avowal
Specialized synonyms: Yes, Yea, Double Negative
Antonyms: Negative

2. Adjective. Affirming or giving assent. "Affirmative votes"
Exact synonyms: Affirmatory
Similar to: Assentient
Also: Favorable, Favourable, Positive
Derivative terms: Affirm, Affirm
Antonyms: Negative

3. Adjective. Expecting the best. "An affirmative outlook"
Exact synonyms: Optimistic
Similar to: Positive
Derivative terms: Affirmativeness, Optimism, Optimism

4. Adjective. Expressing or manifesting praise or approval. "An affirmative nod"
Exact synonyms: Approbative, Approbatory, Approving, Plausive
Similar to: Favorable, Favourable
Derivative terms: Approve, Approve, Approve

Definition of Affirmative

1. a. Confirmative; ratifying; as, an act affirmative of common law.

2. n. That which affirms as opposed to that which denies; an affirmative proposition; that side of question which affirms or maintains the proposition stated; -- opposed to negative; as, there were forty votes in the affirmative, and ten in the negative.

Definition of Affirmative

1. Adjective. pertaining to truth; asserting that something ''is'' ¹

2. Adjective. pertaining to any assertion or active confirmation that favors a particular result ¹

3. Adjective. positive ¹

4. Noun. Yes; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance. ¹

5. Noun. (qualifier grammatical terminology) An answer that shows agreement or acceptance. ¹

6. Noun. (obsolete) An assertion. ¹

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Definition of Affirmative

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Medical Definition of Affirmative

1. 1. Confirmative; ratifying; as, an act affirmative of common law. 2. That affirms; asserting that the fact is so; declaratory of what exists; answering "yes" to a question; opposed to negative; as, an affirmative answer; an affirmative vote. 3. Positive; dogmatic. "Lysicles was a little by the affirmative air of Crito." (Berkeley) 4. Expressing the agreement of the two terms of a proposition. 5. Positive; a term applied to quantities which are to be added, and opposed to negative, or such as are to be subtracted. Origin: L. Affirmativus: cf. F. Affirmatif. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Affirmative

affirmative (current term)
affirmative action
affirmative actions
affirmative defense
affirmative pleading
affirmative sentence
affirmative waste

Literary usage of Affirmative

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal by New York (State). Legislature. Senate, New Jersey, Legislature, Idaho Legislature. Senate (1921)
"... and it was decided in the affirmative, a majority of all the Senators elected voting in favor thereof, and three-fifths being present, as follows: FOR ..."

2. A Treatise on the Principles of Pleading in Civil Actions: Comprising a by Henry John Stephen (1894)
"(f) The origin of this rule is as follows: It was a doctrine of the ancient law, little if at all noticed by modern writers, that every pleading affirmative ..."

3. Statutes and Statutory Construction: Including a Discussion of Legislative by Jabez Gridley Sutherland (1904)
"affirmative and negative statutes—An affirmative statute is one which is enacted in affirmative terms. A negative statute is one expressed in negative terms ..."

4. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"... that the universal negative and particular affirmative can be converted without change of quantity, by simple conversion, as it is called; ..."

5. Journal: 1st-13th Congress . Repr. 14th Congress, 1st Session by United States Congress. House (1837)
"And passed in the affirmative. ;.. Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith. The main question was then put, viz: Shall the bill pass ? ..."

6. Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor by Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1893)
"TWO NEGATIVES MAKE AN affirmative. was, however, no possibility of depressing me at such time. To be loved by Lorna, the sweet, the pure, the playful one, ..."

7. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"Thu point in discussion was the resurrection of the flesh. Mason's (affirmative) part in the controversy will be found in his ' Christian Morals ..."

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