adj. Averring a fact to be true; that which is opposed to negative. It is a general rule of evidence that the affirmative of the issue must be proved. 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. Supporting the existence of certain facts.
- 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. A word or phrase expressing affirmation or assent; as, yes, that is so, etc.
- Confirmative; ratifying; as, an act affirmative of common law. That affirms; asserting that the fact is so; declaratory of what exists; answering 'yes' to a question; - opposed to negative; as, an affirmative answer; an affirmative vote. Positive; dogmatic.
- (logic) Expressing the agreement of the two terms of a proposition.