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affirmative

[uh-fur-muh-tiv] /əˈfɜr mə tɪv/
adjective
1.
affirming or assenting; asserting the truth, validity, or fact of something.
2.
expressing agreement or consent; assenting:
an affirmative reply.
3.
positive; not negative.
4.
Logic. noting a proposition in which a property of a subject is affirmed, as “All men are happy.”.
noun
5.
something that affirms or asserts; a positive statement or proposition; affirmation.
6.
a reply indicating assent, as Yes or I do.
7.
a manner or mode that indicates assent:
a reply in the affirmative.
8.
the side, as in a debate, that affirms or defends a statement that the opposite side denies or attacks:
to speak for the affirmative.
interjection
9.
(used to indicate agreement, assent, etc.): “Is this the right way to Lake George?” “Affirmative.”.
Origin of affirmative
1400-1450
1400-50; < Latin affirmātīvus, equivalent to affirmāt- (see affirmation) + -īvus -ive; replacing late Middle English affirmatyff < Middle French < Latin
Related forms
affirmatively, adverb
overaffirmative, adjective
overaffirmatively, adverb
preaffirmative, adjective
quasi-affirmative, adjective
quasi-affirmatively, adverb
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Examples from the Web for affirmatively
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  • He added, rather interrogatively than affirmatively, "In the right spirit."

    The Minister's Charge William Dean Howells
  • So much is shown, affirmatively and negatively, by the election.

  • May be predicated in like manner (affirmatively or negatively) of the latter term (or part of it).

    Logic Carveth Read
  • These were questions which occurred to everyone, and many answered them affirmatively.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • My own mind was fully made up on that point, and affirmatively so.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • If affirmatively, George supposes again that there's an end of it.

    Ginger-Snaps Fanny Fern
  • After the fashion of the British Diplomatic Service, he expressed his opinion most affirmatively.

  • 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
  • Noll bobbed timidly when compliments were paid him, and gratefully and affirmatively when in his presence he heard others praised.

    Oliver Goldsmith E. S. Lang Buckland
British Dictionary definitions for affirmatively

affirmative

/əˈfɜːmətɪv/
adjective
1.
confirming or asserting something as true or valid: an affirmative statement
2.
indicating agreement or assent: an affirmative answer
3.
(logic)
  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 negation Compare negative (sense 12)
noun
4.
a positive assertion
5.
a word or phrase stating agreement or assent, such as yes (esp in the phrase answer in the affirmative)
6.
(logic) an affirmative proposition
7.
(mainly US & Canadian) the affirmative, the side in a debate that supports the proposition
sentence substitute
8.
(military) a signal codeword used to express assent or confirmation
Derived Forms
affirmatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for affirmatively
adv.

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

affirmative

adj.

"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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