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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR YESSES

It was one of those "yesses" which signified understanding and conviction.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English gise, gese "so be it!," probably from gea, ge "so" (see yea) + si "be it!," third person imperative of beon "to be" (see be). Originally stronger than simple yea. Used in Shakespeare mainly as an answer to negative questions. Yes-man is first recorded 1912, American English.