- affirming 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 affirmed, as “All men are happy.”
- something that affirms or asserts; a positive statement or proposition; affirmation.
- 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 affirms 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.”
- confirming or asserting something as true or validan affirmative statement
- indicating agreement or assentan affirmative answer
- (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 negationCompare negative (def. 12)
- 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
- the affirmative mainly US and Canadian the side in a debate that supports the proposition
- military a signal codeword used to express assent or confirmation
“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.