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Again, the girl made her formal response in the affirmative, then left the room.

I cannot reply definitely in the affirmative to the question.

He nodded, as she seemed to expect an answer in the affirmative.

Though this history has its opinion on that point too, and decidedly in the affirmative.

Being then asked if he had any inclination to eat, he answered in the affirmative.

It was an affirmative experience which refused to be set aside.

"Sure," replied Bart, and the others answered in the affirmative.

The statement at line 138 would determine the affirmative character of this word.

He gave an affirmative nod for all the world to see: then whispered low.

On being answered in the affirmative, he asked if Mr. Dunn were in.

WORD ORIGIN

"answering 'yes,'" mid-15c., from use in logic; from Middle French affirmatif (13c.), from Latin affirmativus, from affirmat-, past participle stem of affirmare (see affirm). As a noun from early 15c. Affirmative action "positive or corrective effort by employers to prevent discrimination in hiring or promotion" is attested from 1935 with regard to labor unions; specific racial sense is from 1961; now often used more generally in reference to hiring quotas, etc.

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