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 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.
- af·firm·a·ble, adjective
- af·firm·a·bly, adverb
- af·firm·er, noun
- af·firm·ing·ly, adverb
- o·ver·af·firm, verb
- pre·af·firm, verb
- re·af·firm, verb (used with object)
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How to use affirm in a sentence
A tech company is affirming that automating certain decisions may not, in fact, be the smart thing to do — tacitly acknowledging that removing human agency can generate harm.Twitter may let users choose how to crop image previews after bias scrutiny | Natasha Lomas | October 2, 2020 | TechCrunch
As a scholar whose research focuses on the ethics of communication and as a yoga teacher, I’m interested in how people use rituals and rhetoric to affirm their interconnectedness with one another – and with the world.Why ‘Namaste’ Has Become The Perfect Pandemic Greeting | LGBTQ-Editor | September 30, 2020 | No Straight News
First, they needed to affirm that things were indeed quieter.Bird songs got sexier during the COVID-19 shutdown | Ula Chrobak | September 24, 2020 | Popular-Science
We believe that it’s every American’s responsibility to do what they can to affirm, safeguard, and advance the health of our democracy.Why CEOs must take action on democracy and election integrity—and how they can do it | matthewheimer | August 27, 2020 | Fortune
PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are affirmed, valued, and respected.
But Scott, in taking the parlance of the street to the SportsCenter desk, helped affirm its ascendance.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott | Stereo Williams | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
What is worse, it does so only to affirm sexist stereotypes.
So when we progress, when we affirm ourselves, we should not threaten them.
I believe this because these ideals that we affirm are true.
To fix on any one stage in such an evolution, detach it, affirm it, is to wrest a true scripture to its destruction.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
For my part, I scarcely know what to say; inasmuch as I do not care either to affirm or deny a thing of which I have no proof.
Some affirm that he wrote to please royalty, but if so why did he not condemn the custom to appease the wrath of a sapient king.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
In my opinion, the situation of Candy is most beautiful, but many affirm that it is too near the mountains, and lies in a pit.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
Many travellers affirm that the Taj-Mehal produces a magical effect when lighted by the moon.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
British Dictionary definitions for affirm
(may take a clause as object) to declare to be true; assert positively
to uphold, confirm, or ratify
(intr) law to make an affirmation
- affirmer or affirmant, noun
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