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Word Example of - affirmative

    Example Sentences for affirmative

    Three only of the party were able to reply in the affirmative.

    Upon this point Galen held the negative, and Harvey, as we all know, the affirmative.

    I do not think that anyone will answer that question in the affirmative either.

    I answered in the affirmative, and further added that I had a husband and a son.

    The manufacturer nodded an affirmative, and the rescue-party set out.

    I am sure that I should find some one who would answer in the affirmative.

    Bangs gave the proper signal for the affirmative, after he had struck the gong.

    At the close of the week Françoise returned an affirmative answer.

    His wife asked him several times if he meant to begin "The Jubilee Odes" that day, and he always replied in the affirmative.

    "Two negatives make an affirmative," pursued Castriconi coolly.

Word Origin & History of - affirmative

    Word Origin & History

    affirmative c.1500, from Fr. affirmatif (13c.), from L. affirmativus, from pp. stem of affirmare (see affirm). Meaning "answering yes" is from c.1400, from use in logic. Affirmative action "positive effort by employers to prevent discrimination in hiring or promotion" is attested from 1935 with regard to labor practices; specific racial sense is from 1961; now often used more generally in ref. to hiring quotas, etc.

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