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[ UK /ɐfˈɜːmətˌɪv/ ]
[ US /əˈfɝmətɪv/ ]
  1. affirming or giving assent
    affirmative votes
    an affirmative decision
  2. expecting the best
    an affirmative outlook
  3. expressing or manifesting praise or approval
    an affirmative nod
    approbative criticism
  1. a reply of affirmation
    he answered in the affirmative
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How To Use affirmative In A Sentence

  • She hoped he would have answered in the affirmative. Times, Sunday Times
  • We never answer questions about special forces, but do not take that as an answer indicating an affirmative.
  • Rebecca was too embarrassed to reply, but he took her silence as an affirmative.
  • He claimed that the school district stepped over the line with its affirmative action plan and that race was improperly used to discriminate against the white teacher.
  • If any of the two terms of an affirmative categorical is "empty", then the term in question refers to nothing.
  • Since independence the term indigenous, widely used in an affirmative action campaign, has applied almost exclusively to blacks and left out whites and other minorities born in the southern African nation - some the descendants of several generations of settlers. ANC Daily News Briefing
  • Does the bedrock constitutional principle of equal protection for all require affirmative action, merely allow it, or even prohibit it?
  • Every time there's an affirmative answer, the volunteers ring a bell to spur one another on.
  • It proposed that affirmative action be limited to initial preferential treatment, and that a cut-off date be fixed for the programme.
  • Immediate business goals will supersede long-term goals for affirmative action.
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