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[af-er-mey-shuh n] /ˌæf ərˈmeɪ ʃən/
the act or an instance of affirming; state of being affirmed.
the assertion that something exists or is true.
something that is affirmed; a statement or proposition that is declared to be true.
confirmation or ratification of the truth or validity of a prior judgment, decision, etc.
Law. a solemn declaration accepted instead of a statement under oath.
Origin of affirmation
1535-45; < Latin affirmātiōn- (stem of affirmātiō), equivalent to affirmāt(us) (past participle of affirmāre to affirm) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonaffirmation, noun
overaffirmation, noun
preaffirmation, noun
reaffirmation, noun
self-affirmation, noun Unabridged
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  • Congress acted upon this reaffirmation of the responsibility of Americans and the mission of America.

    The Wonderful Story of Lincoln Charles M. Stevens
  • Mr. Cleveland's message above quoted was accepted as a reaffirmation of the treaty on the part of the American government.

  • With this reaffirmation of the mystery of God's dealings Job challenges his friends.

  • One article of the agreement stipulates for “the reaffirmation to the Cherokee Nation of the right of local self-government.”

    Myths of the Cherokee James Mooney
  • The reply was in effect a reaffirmation of the previous decisions, but the grounds on which it was rested were different.

  • This is a reaffirmation of the definition, "faith is the giving substance to things hoped for, a test of things not seen."

    Some Christian Convictions Henry Sloane Coffin
  • Del Norte had parties working in Mexico to obtain a reaffirmation of that old concession.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • The ninth congress ended with the reelection of the essentially reactionary Politburo and a reaffirmation of the status quo.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for reaffirmation


the act of affirming or the state of being affirmed
a statement of the existence or truth of something; assertion
(law) a solemn declaration permitted on grounds of conscientious objection to taking an oath
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for reaffirmation



early 15c., "assertion that something is true," from Old French afermacion (14c.), from Latin affirmationem (nominative affirmatio) "an affirmation, solid assurance," noun of action from past participle stem of affirmare (see affirm). In law, as the Quaker alternative to oath-taking, it is attested from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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