affirmative

Something affirmative expresses agreement or approval, like the affirmative nod your mother gives you when you ask to be excused from the dinner table. A formal way of saying "Yes" is "Affirmative!"

Anything affirmative is approving of something: affirmative words support someone or something. Being affirmative is the opposite of being negative or contradicting. A pat on the back is affirmative so is a signature you need to complete a form. Also, you can use affirmative as a formal way of saying yes to something. This is common in the military. It might sound a little odd, but if your teacher asked, "Does 10 plus 10 equal 20?" you could answer, "Affirmative!"

Definitions of affirmative
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adj affirming or giving assent

“an affirmative decision”
affirmative votes”
Synonyms:
affirmatory
assentient
expressing agreement or consent
favorable, favourable
encouraging or approving or pleasing
positive
characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
Antonyms:
negative
expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial
dissentient, dissenting, dissident
disagreeing, especially with a majority
unfavorable, unfavourable
not encouraging or approving or pleasing
disinclined
unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval
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adj expressing or manifesting praise or approval

“an affirmative nod”
Synonyms:
approbative, approbatory, approving, plausive
favorable, favourable
encouraging or approving or pleasing

adj expecting the best

“an affirmative outlook”
Synonyms:
optimistic
positive
characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.

n a reply of affirmation

“he answered in the affirmative
Antonyms:
negative
a reply of denial
Types:
yes
an affirmative
yea
an affirmative
double negative
an affirmative constructed from two negatives
Type of:
affirmation, avouchment, avowal
a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something

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