affirmative affirmative  /ə ˈfɜr mə tɪv/


  1. (n) a reply of affirmation
  2. (adj) affirming or giving assent
  3. (adj) expecting the best
  4. (adj) expressing or manifesting praise or approval


  1. In a split decision, the Supreme Court says that affirmative action is constitutional.
  2. There's a new push for affirmative action by social class.
  3. Sixty two percent of Americans thinkaffirmative action programsfor minorities and women sometimes discriminate against white men, according to the latest PTI-CNN poll.


  1. Affirmative action, DOMA, Prop 8 among SCOTUS rulings coming

    Affirmative action. Voting rights. Same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court is about to rule on some of the most contentious issues in American society -- issues that have divided Americans for years.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: CNN

  2. Viewpoint: Affirmative Action Has Helped White Women Most

    The Supreme Court is mulling the legality of affirmative action, with its loudest opponent a white woman. But that demographic has found greatest success with the policy, argues activist Sally Kohn
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Time Magazine

  3. Affirmative action ruling contest: race vs. class

    Affirmative action ruling contest: race vs. class Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 11:03 pm, Sunday, June 16, 2013 A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the focus on race as a barrier, upholding the right of colleges to make limited use of racial preferences to ensure a ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: San Francisco Chronicle


  1. Obama said the race discussion took a divisive turn when it was implied "my candidacy is somehow an exercise in affirmative action; that it's based solely on the desire of wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the cheap."
    on Mar 17, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Reuters South Africa

  2. "The question is whether this is a man who has what it takes to protect America from Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda, and other grave threats in the world. And he has given you no reason to answer in the affirmative," McCain said as he sought to pivot...
    on Oct 29, 2008 By: John McCain Source: FOXNews

  3. "I don't believe that the requisite candour exists for me to indicate my support for him with an affirmative vote," Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona said.
    on Jan 22, 2009 By: Jon Kyl Source: International Herald Tribune

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