- 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
Related Words for affirmationconfirmation, assertion, okay, statement, testimonial, testimony, pronouncement, affidavit, averment, attestation, asseveration, ratification, avowal, declaration, oath, certification
Examples from the Web for affirmation
Contemporary Examples of affirmation
RAWIYA: Like you, I've been turning to Dave Chappelle for both levity and affirmation.The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
This book is apparently meant as an affirmation of that claim.How Gary Hart Became the First Political Sex Scandal Casualty
October 1, 2014
Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield examines the negative connotation of the phrase and turns it into an affirmation.Will Ferrell Soccer Speech, Cliff Dive Slip ‘N Slides, and More Viral Videos
June 29, 2014
The man did not seem to expect such an affirmation and he appeared to be suddenly drained of his fury.My Patrol With the NYPD’s Bill Bratton
March 14, 2014
Nobody wants nor needs the “affirmation” of their baker for their wedding, or anything else.Are Opponents of Arizona's Anti-Gay Law Eager to Deceive?
March 3, 2014
Historical Examples of affirmation
I will test this affirmation by several and varied illustrations.
This is the affirmation of the liberty claimed by infidelity.
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.The Comic Latin Grammar
- 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
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.