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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Affirmative  \Af*firm"a*tive\,  n. 
  1.  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 
  {negative};  as  there  were  forty  votes  in  the  affirmative, 
  and  ten  in  the  negative. 
 
  Whether  there  are  such  beings  or  not  't  is 
  sufficient  for  my  purpose  that  many  have  believed 
  the  affirmative.  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  A  word  or  phrase  expressing  affirmation  or  assent;  as 
  yes  that  is  so  etc 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Affirmative  \Af*firm"a*tive\,  a.  [L.  affirmativus:  cf  F. 
  affirmatif.] 
  1.  Confirmative;  ratifying;  as  an  act  affirmative  of  common 
  law. 
 
  2.  That  affirms;  asserting  that  the  fact  is  so  declaratory 
  of  what  exists;  answering  ``yes''  to  a  question;  -- 
  opposed  to  {negative};  as  an  affirmative  answer;  an 
  affirmative  vote. 
 
  3.  Positive;  dogmatic.  [Obs.]  --J.  Taylor. 
 
  Lysicles  was  a  little  by  the  affirmative  air  of 
  Crito.  --Berkeley. 
 
  4.  (logic)  Expressing  the  agreement  of  the  two  terms  of  a 
  proposition. 
 
  5.  (Alg.)  Positive;  --  a  term  applied  to  quantities  which  are 
  to  be  added,  and  opposed  to  {negative},  or  such  as  are  to 
  be  subtracted. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  affirmative 
  adj  1:  affirming  or  giving  assent;  "an  affirmative  decision"; 
  "affirmative  votes";  "an  affirmative  nod";  "an 
  affirmatory  gesture"  [syn:  {affirmatory}]  [ant:  {negative}] 
  2:  expecting  the  best;  "an  affirmative  outlook"  [syn:  {optimistic}] 
  3:  supporting  a  policy  or  attitude  etc  "an  affirmative 
  argument"  [syn:  {favoring}] 
  n  :  a  reply  of  affirmation;  "he  answered  in  the  affirmative" 
  [ant:  {negative}] 




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