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what is the correct usage of word affirmative?

What does it mean if someone says 'that is affirmative' when listening to a person explaining about a modification in a project.

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It means 'yes, I agree' or 'yes, I believe that is correct'. –  Mitch Aug 6 '12 at 15:52
Saying “That is affirmative” usually is like saying “That is yes”; both are grammatically flawed. In many contexts, “That is affirmative” is overly verbose (a simple “Yes” or “Affirmative” would do) but in some contexts (eg war movies) a bit of redundancy is desired. But it's possible the speaker in your example meant something is affirming, positive, enhancing. –  jwpat7 Aug 6 '12 at 17:00
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From the verb affirm.

It means to confirm positively. If someone affirms something they confirm it as right, correct, true.

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