- to state or assert positively; maintain as true: to affirm one's loyalty to one's country; He affirmed that all was well.
- to confirm or ratify: The appellate court affirmed the judgment of the lower court.
- to assert solemnly: He affirmed his innocence.
- to express agreement with or commitment to; uphold; support: to affirm human rights.
- to state something solemnly before a court or magistrate, but without oath.
- to ratify and accept a voidable transaction.
- (of an appellate court) to determine that the action of the lower court shall stand.
Origin of affirm
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Examples from the Web for affirm
Advocates claimed that it helped to preserve virtue and to affirm the application of Sharia law.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil
Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights
October 30, 2014
What is worse, it does so only to affirm sexist stereotypes.Jeff Koons’ Bright, Shiny Objects
June 26, 2014
So when we progress, when we affirm ourselves, we should not threaten them.
I believe this because these ideals that we affirm are true.Obama’s Human Rights Chief Missing in Action
March 27, 2014
They are demanding that the rest of us affirm their bad theology and codify it in the law.Are Opponents of Arizona's Anti-Gay Law Eager to Deceive?
March 3, 2014
It is said that my reply was very eloquent, but I cannot affirm that that reply was really made by me.My Double Life
Then, if we do not know it, why do we affirm that it exists?Initiation into Philosophy
Some affirm that they inhabit now on one side of the river, now on another.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
All did him the justice to affirm that while there he behaved like a hero.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
This I can affirm—Lucien is not the worst member of the Bonaparte family.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
- (may take a clause as object) to declare to be true; assert positively
- to uphold, confirm, or ratify
- (intr) law to make an affirmation
Word Origin and History for affirm
c.1300, from Old French afermier (Modern French affirmer) "affirm, confirm; strengthen, consolidate," from Latin affirmare "to make steady, strengthen," figuratively "confirm, corroborate," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + firmare "strengthen, make firm," from firmus "strong" (see firm (adj.)). Spelling refashioned 16c. in French and English on Latin model. Related: Affirmed; affirming.