from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Asserting that something is true or correct, as with the answer "yes”: an affirmative reply.
- adj. Giving assent or approval; confirming: an affirmative vote.
- adj. Positive; optimistic: an affirmative outlook.
- adj. Logic Of, relating to, or being a proposition in which the predicate affirms something about the subject, such as the statement apples have seeds.
- n. A word or statement of agreement or assent, such as the word yes.
- n. The side in a debate that upholds the proposition: Her team will speak for the affirmative.
- adv. Informal Used in place of the response "yes” to express confirmation or consent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. pertaining to truth; asserting that something is
- adj. pertaining to any assertion or active confirmation that favors a particular result
- adj. positive
- n. Yes; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
- n. An answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
- n. An assertion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Confirmative; ratifying.
- adj. That affirms; asserting that the fact is so; declaratory of what exists; answering “yes” to a question; -- opposed to
- adj. Positive; dogmatic.
- adj. Expressing the agreement of the two terms of a proposition.
- adj. Positive; -- a term applied to quantities which are to be added, and opposed to
negative, or such as are to be subtracted.
- n. That which affirms as opposed to that which denies; an affirmative proposition; that side of question which affirms or maintains the proposition stated; -- opposed to
- n. A word or phrase expressing affirmation or assent
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characterized by affirmation or assertion; assertive; positive in form; not negative: as, an affirmative proposition; affirmative principles.
- Hence Positive in manner; confident; dogmatic.
- Giving affirmation or assent; confirmatory; ratifying; concurring; agreeing: as, an affirmative decree or judgment by an appellate court; an affirmative answer to a request.
- n. That which affirms or asserts; a positive proposition or averment: as, two negatives make an affirmative.
- n. That which gives affirmation or assent; the agreeing or concurring part or side: with the definite article: as, to support the affirmative; to vote in the affirmative (that is, in favor of the affirmative side), as in a legislative body.
- n. In judicial proceedings, the side which, whether in itself an affirmation or a negation, requires first to be supported by proof, presumption in the absence of proof being against it; the side which has the burden of proof.
- n. Nautical, the signal-flag or pendant by which assent is expressed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a reply of affirmation
- adj. expressing or manifesting praise or approval
- adj. affirming or giving assent
- adj. expecting the best
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