Meaning of affirmative

af•firm•a•tive

Pronunciation: (u-fûr'mu-tiv), [key]
— adj.
  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. noting a proposition in which a property of a subject is affirmed, as “All men are happy.”
—n.
  1. something that affirms or asserts; a positive statement or proposition; affirmation.
  2. a reply indicating assent, as Yes or I do.
  3. a manner or mode that indicates assent: a reply in the affirmative.
  4. the side, as in a debate, that affirms or defends a statement that the opposite side denies or attacks: to speak for the affirmative.
—interj.
  1. (used to indicate agreement, assent, etc.): “Is this the right way to Lake George?” “Affirmative.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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