Definition of affirmative noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈfɜːmətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈfɜːrmətɪv//
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(formal) a word or statement that means ‘yes’; an agreement or a confirmation She answered in the affirmative (= said ‘yes’). She asked if he would give his support to the scheme and he answered in the affirmative. opposite negative Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘assertive, positive’): via Old French from late Latin affirmativus, from affirmare ‘assert’, from ad- ‘to’ + firmus ‘strong’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: affirmative