Affirmative



or assenting; asserting the truth, validity, or fact of something.
expressing agreement or consent; assenting:
an affirmative reply.
positive; not negative.
Logic. noting a proposition in which a property of a subject is , as “All men are happy.”.
something that or asserts; a positive statement or proposition; .
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 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.”.
Contemporary Examples

From same-sex marriage and voting rights to affirmative action, a look at the controversial cases to come.
Adam Winkler: The High Court’s Coming Land Mines Adam Winkler September 29, 2012

Evans believes that “it puts us a hundred years behind of affirmative action is abolished.”
Memories of the Powell Administration Marjorie Williams November 12, 2008

God is the only way many of us can answer “to be or not to be” in the affirmative.
Dear Frank Luntz: Here’s How to Be Happy Again James Poulos January 7, 2014

Fewer issues inflame political passions in my home state of California than affirmative action.
Racial Support to Keep a Ban on Race in Place Ron Christie March 23, 2014

In other words, affirmative action is now another upper-middle class benefit.
How Affirmative Action Became an Upper-Middle Class Benefit Lloyd Green April 6, 2013

Historical Examples

Three only of the party were able to reply in the affirmative.
No Surrender! G. A. Henty

Upon this point Galen held the negative, and Harvey, as we all know, the affirmative.
Fathers of Biology Charles McRae

I do not think that anyone will answer that question in the affirmative either.
A Grammar of Freethought Chapman Cohen

I answered in the affirmative, and further added that I had a husband and a son.
Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley

The manufacturer nodded an affirmative, and the rescue-party set out.
Shirley Charlotte Bront

adjective
confirming or asserting something as true or valid: an affirmative statement
indicating agreement or assent: an affirmative answer
(logic)

(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 negation Compare negative (sense 12)

noun
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
(mainly US & Canadian) the affirmative, the side in a debate that supports the proposition
sentence substitute
(military) a signal codeword used to express assent or confirmation
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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