AskDefine | Define affirmative

Dictionary Definition

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]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /əˈfɜːmətɪv/, /@"f3:m@tIv/
  • (US) /əˈfɝmətɪv/, /@"f3`m@tIv/


  1. pertaining to truth; asserting that something is
  2. pertaining to any assertion or active confirmation that favors a particular result
  3. positive

Derived terms


  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.
  2. italbrac grammatical terminology An answer that shows agreement or acceptance.

Extensive Definition

Affirmative can mean:

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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