From same-sex marriage and voting rights to affirmative action, a look at the controversial cases to come.
If you were wondering, the answer to this question was in the affirmative.
Racially saturated issues like the death penalty, welfare, and affirmative action have faded from political debate.
Evans believes that “it puts us a hundred years behind of affirmative action is abolished.”
Fewer issues inflame political passions in my home state of California than affirmative action.
Three only of the party were able to reply in the affirmative.
Again, the girl made her formal response in the affirmative, then left the room.
I do not think that anyone will answer that question in the affirmative either.
I cannot reply definitely in the affirmative to the question.
The manufacturer nodded an affirmative, and the rescue-party set out.
"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.