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affirmative

adjective absolute, affirmatory, certain, confirmative, confirmatory, convinced, persuaded, positive, sure, undoubting, unqualified
Associated concepts: affirmative action, affirmative action for past discrimination, affirmative action in hiring, affirrative allegation, affirmative authorization, affirmative charge, affirmative covenant, affirmative defense, affirmative easement, affirmative negligence, affirmative plea, affirmative proof, affirmative relief, affirmative showing, affirmative statute, affirmative warranty, affirrative wrongdoing

AFFIRMATIVE. Averring a fact to be true; that which is opposed to negative. (q.v.)
     2. It is a general rule of evidence that the affirmative of the issue must be proved. Bull. N. P. 298 ; Peake, Ev. 2.
     3. But when the law requires a person to do an act, and the neglect of it, will render him guilty and punishable, the negative must be proved, because every man is presumed to do his duty and in that case they who affirm he did not, must prove it. B. N. P. 298; 1 Roll. R. 83; Comb. 57; 3 B.& P. 307; 1 Mass. R. 56.

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He heard Sir Geoffrey ask if the man was really dead, and the affirmative answer of the keeper.
These are questions that temerity alone will answer in the affirmative.
Those who maintain the affirmative ought at least to mark the boundary between authorized and usurped innovations; between that degree of change which lies within the compass of ALTERATIONS AND FURTHER PROVISIONS, and that which amounts to a TRANSMUTATION of the government.
When he arrived there, he saw before the iron gate a tall, spare man with a very kindly face, who answered in the affirmative when asked if he lived there.
he asked; and when his companion had replied in the affirmative.
He answered the appeal of his friend by an affirmative nod of the head.
The young girl did not speak; but she made an affirmative sign with her head as she lay on her father's breast.
With that he requested me to give his proposal my favourable consideration--saying that he would not like me to take such an important step unguardedly, since want of thought and impetuosity often spelt ruin to youthful inexperience, but that he hoped to receive an answer in the affirmative.
By 'affirmation' we mean an affirmative proposition, by 'denial' a negative.
The king's request had undoubtedly been acceded to by an affirmative sign, for in firm, sonorous accents, which vibrated in the depths of Athos's heart, the king began his speech, explaining his conduct and counseling the welfare of the kingdom.
Adrienne simply answered in the affirmative, and then the commissionaire's admiration was redoubled.
This, then, was my first glimpse of the garden; but I had not time to look long, the portress, after having answered in the affirmative my question as to whether her mistress was at home, opened the folding-doors of a room to the left, and having ushered me in, closed them behind me.