- 1Agreeing with a statement or to a request: an affirmative answerMore example sentences
- The very fact that the statement is qualified implies or at least suggests an affirmative answer.
- Nods and affirmative statements came from everyone in the room.
- Then you will have to get an affirmative answer.
- 1.1(Of a vote) expressing approval or agreement.More example sentences
- Approval would require an affirmative vote of both 90 percent or more of the total property value affected and 75 percent or more of the individual unit owners.
- The government is now accepting this committee's proposal that before any direction to a dissenting regulatory authority can be issued approval must be obtained by an affirmative vote of agreement in both houses of parliament.
- It should be obvious why like-minded voters would want to express their support for his ideas, to cast an affirmative vote for once instead of settling for the lesser of two evils.
- 1.2Supportive, hopeful, or encouraging: the music’s natural buoyancy and affirmative characterMore example sentences
- Such rights are minimalist: they protect people against being treated in certain ways, but they do not, except in extremis, entitle them to the affirmative support of others.
- I also agree that a public sphere is important to democracy and requires nurturing, not only by opposing forms of censorship but by supporting affirmative policies that help establish a public forum.
- If a candidate can't connect with the voters, can't give them an affirmative reason to support him, as opposed to the other candidates, that's his problem.
- 1.3Active or obligatory: they have an affirmative duty to stop crime in their buildings using affirmative measures to influence human rights policiesMore example sentences
- The paper collects a huge database of cases involving claims of an affirmative duty to disclose and examines the various variables that have been argued by theorists that explain these cases.
- And there is a substantial doubt whether the agency was taking the kind of affirmative measures to conceal her identity that the act talks about.
- True to his progressive values, he argued that government had an affirmative duty to seek out new approaches to the problems that confront society.
- 1.4 Grammar & Logic Stating that a fact is so; making an assertion. Contrasted with interrogative and negative.More example sentences
- As we saw earlier, the logical empiricists held that the answer to this question is affirmative, and the logician largely agreed with them about this.
- In general then, the relation of subject to predicate in a true affirmative judgment is the relation of what is at least relatively indeterminate to what at least partially determines it.
- In arguments of this form, all three propositions (the two premisses and the conclusion) are universal, affirmative, and assertoric.
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- 1A statement of agreement with an assertion or request: he accepted her reply as an affirmativeMore example sentences
- Around Christmas 1990, it was hard to find many senior figures in the capital who would reply to both those questions with a confident affirmative.
- To the question of whether he would take tea or coffee his reply was a simple affirmative.
- He answered his own question with an emphatic affirmative.
- 1.1 (the affirmative) A position of agreement or confirmation: his answer veered toward the affirmativeMore example sentences
- This resolution might, on the surface, seem to lean towards the affirmative, but there are several advantages to both sides.
- It's a tricky problem, but I think I incline towards the affirmative.
- And I'm undecided as to whether golf is really a sport, but I'd tend towards the affirmative.
- 1.2 Grammar A word or particle used in making assertions.More example sentences
- In these cases, the complex content of the clause, either affirmative or negative, is symbolized by a single, unanalysable morpheme.
- In addition, the ironic echo also displays a syntactic shift by changing the first clause to a negative and the second to an affirmative.
- Finally, in the original table there were only three cells in the relative clause affirmative realized with default lexical tone.
- 1.3 Logic A statement asserting that something is true of the subject of a proposition.More example sentences
- A propositions, or universal affirmatives take the form: All S are P.
- Not everything demonstrable can be known by finding definitions, since all definitions are universal and affirmative whereas some demonstrable propositions are negative.
- Every simple proposition is either affirmative or negative.
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- Expressing agreement with a statement or request; yes.More example sentences
- Affirmative, sir, responded the ships tactical officer.
- "Affirmative sir. I also have every soldier, lab tech and civilian in our charge watching a screen somewhere."
- "Affirmative, sir!" Marcus replied. He quickly got dressed, and donned his armor.
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- So as to accept or agree to a statement or request: he answered the question in the affirmativeMore example sentences
- I agree that that question must be answered in the affirmative; and that, accordingly, this appeal should be allowed.
- Unable to offer a contrary view, this so-called investigation seems to answer these questions in the affirmative.
- I am not especially optimistic about answering that question in the affirmative.
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- The collective number of votes of all countries that affirmatively supported the legislative proposal on May 18th amounts to 216, falling short of the required 232.
- You are really sending a powerful and profound message that says I am affirmatively withdrawing my consent from this corporate takeover of my government.
- When you are dealing with a band you have to often state your case and represent yourself affirmatively, but without telling everyone else what to do.
late Middle English (in the sense 'assertive, positive'): via Old French from late Latin affirmativus, from affirmare 'assert' (see affirm).