• (RP) IPA: /əˈfɜːmətɪv/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈfɝmətɪv/


  1. pertaining to truth; asserting that something is; affirming
    an affirmative answer
  2. pertaining to any assertion or active confirmation that favors a particular result
  3. positive
    an affirmative vote
  4. Confirmative; ratifying.
    an act affirmative of common law
  5. dogmatic
    • Lysicles was a little disconcerted by the affirmative air of Crito.
  6. (logic) Expressing the agreement of the two terms of a proposition.
  7. (algebra) positive; not negative
Translations Translations Noun

affirmative (plural affirmatives)

  1. Yes; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
    That's an affirmative Houston, the space shuttle has lost the secondary thrusters.
    10-4 good buddy. That's an affirmative - the tractor trailer is in the ditch at the side of the highway.
    Antonyms: negative
  2. (grammar) An answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
  3. (obsolete) An assertion.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, III.17:
      that every hare is both male and female, beside the vulgar opinion, was the affirmative of Archelaus, of Plutarch, Philostratus, and many more.
Translations Interjection
  1. An elaborate synonym for the word yes.
  2. (military, especially radio communications) Yes; true; correct.

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