- a written declaration upon oath made before an authorized official.
Origin of affidavit
1615–25; < Medieval Latin affīdāvit (he) has declared on oath, perfect 3rd singular of affīdāre; see affiance
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Examples from the Web for affidavit
The FBI raided his home in 2000 with an affidavit questioning his use of $200,000 from his white supremacist fundraising.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
“The defendant told me he did not want to go back so jail,” the affidavit says.
“He advised me that he did not have his license on him,” Randolph wrote in her affidavit.
“I stopped and yelled on my handheld radio for help,” the affidavit reports.
“[She] had been hemorrhaging since she arrived,” the affidavit notes.Charged With Murder for a Miscarriage in Oklahoma
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The affidavit from the overseer, I think, was not presented.The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences
The phrase rounds off a sentence, and nobody treats it like an affidavit.'Lord Kilgobbin
One of you get an affidavit from Murphy, telling his whole story.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
"Sign the affidavit," the agent said and pushed a sheet of paper toward him.The Stutterer
This warrant had been issued on the affidavit of Mr. Stanton.
- law a declaration in writing made upon oath before a person authorized to administer oaths, esp for use as evidence in court
C17: from Medieval Latin, literally: he declares on oath, from affīdare to trust (oneself) to; see affiance
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Word Origin and History for affidavit
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