Affirmative vs Favorable - What's the difference?

affirmative | favorable |

As adjectives the difference between affirmative and favorable

is that affirmative is pertaining to truth; asserting that something is ; affirming while favorable is pleasing, encouraging or approving.

As a noun affirmative

is yes; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.




(en adjective)
  • pertaining to truth; asserting that something is ; affirming
  • an affirmative answer
  • pertaining to any assertion or active confirmation that favors a particular result
  • positive
  • an affirmative vote
  • Confirmative; ratifying.
  • an act affirmative of common law
  • dogmatic
  • * Berkeley
  • Lysicles was a little disconcerted by the affirmative air of Crito.
  • (logic) Expressing the agreement of the two terms of a proposition.
  • (algebra) positive; not negative
  • Derived terms

    * affirmative action


    (en noun)
  • Yes; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
  • That's an affirmative Houston, the space shuttle has lost the secondary thrusters.
    10-4 good buddy. That's an affirmative - the tractor trailer is in the ditch at the side of the highway.
  • (grammatical terminology) An answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
  • (obsolete) An assertion.
  • * 1646 , Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica , III.17:
  • that every hare is both male and female, beside the vulgar opinion, was the affirmative of Archelaus, of Plutarch, Philostratus, and many more.

    See also

    * affirmative sentence ----



    Alternative forms

    * favourable


    (en adjective)
  • pleasing, encouraging or approving
  • The candidate wearing the business suite made a favorable impression.
  • useful or helpful
  • We made quick progress, due to favorable winds.
  • convenient or at a suitable time; opportune
  • The rain stopped at a favourable time for our tennis match.
  • auspicious or lucky
  • She says that she was born under a favorable star.


    * (pleasing ): approving, encouraging, good, pleasing * (useful ): advantageous, helpful, useful * (opportune ): convenient, good, handy, opportune, suitable * (auspicious ): auspicious, fortunate, lucky


    * (pleasing ): bad, discouraging, displeasing, unfavorable * (useful ): unhelpful * (opportune ): bad, inconvenient, inopportune, unsuitable * (auspicious ): inauspicious, unfavourable, unlucky

    Derived terms

    * unfavorable