Meaning of “affirmative” in the English Dictionary

"affirmative" in English

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uk /əˈfɜː.mə.tɪv/ us /əˈfɝː.mə.t̬ɪv/

affirmativenoun [ C or U ]

uk /əˈfɜː.mə.tɪv/ us /əˈfɝː.mə.t̬ɪv/

a word or statement that shows agreement or says "yes":

She asked the question expecting an affirmative.
He replied in the affirmative (= he said "yes").
mainly US "Were you in New York on 3 March?" "Affirmative." (= "Yes.")

(Definition of “affirmative” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"affirmative" in American English

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us /əˈfɜr·mə·t̬ɪv/

positive, or showing agreement:

There should be an affirmative role for government in social problems.
adverb us /əˈfɜr·mə·t̬ɪv·li/

She answered affirmatively.


us /əˈfɜr·mət̬·ɪv/

used to mean yes in an answer to a question, esp. in a military context:

"Can you hear me?" "Affirmative."

(Definition of “affirmative” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)