English to English
1. affirming or giving assent
an affirmative decision|affirmative votes
2. Confirmative; ratifying; as, an act affirmative of common law.
3. expecting the best
an affirmative outlook
4. expressing or manifesting praise or approval
approbative criticism|an affirmative nod
5. a reply of affirmation
he answered in the affirmative
6. That which affirms as opposed to that which denies; an affirmative proposition; that side of question which affirms or maintains the proposition stated; -- opposed to negative; as, there were forty votes in the affirmative, and ten in the negative.