[af-er-mey-shuh n]


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 formsnon·af·fir·ma·tion, nouno·ver·af·fir·ma·tion, nounpre·af·fir·ma·tion, nounre·af·fir·ma·tion, nounself-af·fir·ma·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of affirmation

  • I will test this affirmation by several and varied illustrations.

    Slavery Ordained of God

    Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

  • This is the affirmation of the liberty claimed by infidelity.

    Slavery Ordained of God

    Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

  • Had not every action of his been an affirmation of their relation?

    The Innocent Adventuress

    Mary Hastings Bradley

  • She looked up into the handsome face with a faint smile of affirmation.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • In verbs there are five tenses, or times, expressing an action, or affirmation.

British Dictionary definitions for affirmation



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
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Word Origin and History for affirmation

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.

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