- 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 affirming
That's how they kept clean, meeting with the mayor one day and affirming no snitching over nonviolence the next.De Blasio and the New York City Protesters Have No Blood on Their Hands
December 22, 2014
Niebuhr “played by the rules” by affirming American exceptionalism, and writing about American innocence.Noam Chomsky—Infuriating and Necessary
September 28, 2014
For the United States, our so-so results are neither depressing nor affirming.Are U.S. Kids Creative Enough?
April 2, 2014
Affirming that “science and religion can work together” is, on the surface, good.Should Scientists Believe in Miracles?
Karl W. Giberson
March 9, 2014
“Society has already answered the LGBT question with an affirming response,” he says.LGBT Christian College Students Fight For a Voice
February 14, 2014
He concluded by affirming that he could not start in less time than seven or eight days.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
She took his part, affirming that he would not have been so wicked if it had not been for the drink.L'Assommoir
Do you see then, Socrates, how great is the difficulty of affirming the ideas to be absolute?Parmenides
He hurried off a moment later, affirming that he was late at the bank already.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
In affirming this he did his work injustice: it was much more than that.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
- (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 affirming
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.