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[uh-fur-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈfɜr məˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
Origin of affirmatory
1645-55; affirmat(ion) + -ory1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And, receiving an affirmatory nod from the preoccupied gambler, he went on.

  • He used the Quaker poet's name as if it were an affirmatory oath.

    Six Girls and the Tea Room Marion Ames Taggart
  • She hesitated for a second; then, with an affirmatory murmur, accepted the proffered arm.

  • Patty, holding fast to affirmatory personal knowledge, retorted that the thing had been done.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
  • Her face turned pale for a moment and her lips trembled, but she spoke an affirmatory word only, and waited.

    In Direst Peril David Christie Murray

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