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AFFIRM'ATIVE, adjective

1. That affirms, or asserts; declaratory of what exists; opposed to negative; as, an affirmative proposition.

2. Confirmative; ratifying; as, an act affirmative of common law.

3. In algebra, positive; a term applied to numbers which have the sign + plus, denoting addition, and opposed to negative, or such as have the sign - minus, denoting subtraction.

4. Positive; dogmatic. obsolete

AFFIRM'ATIVE, noun That side of a question which affirms or maintains; opposed to negative; as, there were seventy votes in the affirmative and thirty-five in the negative.