Affirmative vs Sure - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between affirmative and sure
is that affirmative
is pertaining to truth; asserting that something is
; affirming while sure
As a noun affirmative
is yes; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
pertaining to truth; asserting that something is ; affirming
pertaining to any assertion or active confirmation that favors a particular result
- an affirmative answer
- an affirmative vote
- an act affirmative of common law
(logic) Expressing the agreement of the two terms of a proposition.
(algebra) positive; not negative
- Lysicles was a little disconcerted by the affirmative air of Crito.
* affirmative action
Yes; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
- That's an affirmative Houston, the space shuttle has lost the secondary thrusters.
(grammatical terminology) An answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
(obsolete) An assertion.
* 1646 , Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica , III.17:
- 10-4 good buddy. That's an affirmative - the tractor trailer is in the ditch at the side of the highway.
- that every hare is both male and female, beside the vulgar opinion, was the affirmative of Archelaus, of Plutarch, Philostratus, and many more.
* affirmative sentence
Physically secure and certain, non-failing, reliable.
Certain in one's knowledge or belief.
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Certain to act or be a specified way.
(obsolete) Free from danger; safe; secure.
(obsolete) Betrothed; engaged to marry.
* Sir T. More
- Fear not; the forest is not three leagues off; / If we recover that we are sure enough.
- The king was sure to Dame Elizabeth Lucy, and her husband before God.
- I presume that you had been sure as fast as faith could bind you, man and wife.
* for sure
* sure up
- Sure he's coming! Why wouldn't he?
- "Did you kill that bear yourself? ?"I sure did!"
* Often proscribed in favor of surely. May be informal.
* certainly, of course, OK, yes
* 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology , Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192830988