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AFFIRMATIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does affirmative mean? 

AFFIRMATIVE (noun)
  The noun AFFIRMATIVE has 1 sense:

1. a reply of affirmation

  Familiarity information: AFFIRMATIVE used as a noun is very rare.


AFFIRMATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective AFFIRMATIVE has 3 senses:

1. affirming or giving assent
2. expecting the best
3. supporting a policy or attitude etc

  Familiarity information: AFFIRMATIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


AFFIRMATIVE (noun)


Sense 1affirmative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A reply of affirmation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

he answered in the affirmative

Hypernyms ("affirmative" is a kind of...):

affirmation; avouchment; avowal (a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "affirmative"):

yes; yea (an affirmative)

double negative (an affirmative constructed from two negatives)

Antonym:

negative (a reply of denial)


AFFIRMATIVE (adjective)


Sense 1affirmative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Affirming or giving assent

Synonyms:

affirmative; affirmatory

Context examples:

an affirmative decision / affirmative votes / an affirmative nod / an affirmatory gesture

Similar:

assentient (expressing agreement or consent)

Also:

favorable; favourable (encouraging or approving or pleasing)

positive (characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.)

Antonym:

negative (expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial)


Sense 2affirmative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expecting the best

Synonyms:

affirmative; optimistic

Context example:

an affirmative outlook

Similar:

positive (characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.)


Sense 3affirmative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Supporting a policy or attitude etc

Synonyms:

favoring; affirmative

Context example:

an affirmative argument

Similar:

pro (in favor of (an action or proposal etc.))


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