verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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
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|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.
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?|Kirsten Powers|March 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From no other source than the knowledge that this first proposition contains a clear conception of that which I affirm.A History of Philosophy in Epitome|Albert Schwegler
The Chinese affirm that the latter is the finest fruit in the whole world.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
Moses does affirm as a certainty that man was created, and his wife also on the sixth day.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. I|Martin Luther
But this does not authorize the rational psychologist to affirm, from mere conceptions, its permanence beyond life.The Critique of Pure Reason|Immanuel Kant
But it would be rash to affirm that it is not even swifter than any variation among domesticated animals.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death|Frederick W. H. Myers
British Dictionary definitions for affirm
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for affirm
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.