- 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 assert solemnly: He affirmed his innocence.
- to express agreement with or commitment to; uphold; support: to affirm human rights.
- 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
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Antonyms for affirm
Related Words for affirmedrepeat, confirm, ratify, insist, assert, maintain, profess, declare, guarantee, attest, predicate, avow, set, avouch, certify, pronounce, vouch, ice, testify, state
Examples from the Web for affirmed
Contemporary Examples of affirmed
That ruling was affirmed in a final judgment by the Afghan courts, which the Afghan Supreme Court confirmed in 2013.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
Ultimately it affirmed the official position that it pays people equally for equal performance.How Republicans Can Win the Equal Pay Debate
April 9, 2014
In 1994, Mormon president Gordon Hinckley affirmed that “as God now is, man may become!”The Core Mormon Teaching the LDS Church Didn’t Jettison
April 7, 2014
The judge said no, and her ruling was affirmed by a decision from a First Circuit appellate court.Whitey Bulger and the FBI Whitewash
November 15, 2013
It was the Supreme Court case that affirmed the right to legal counsel.‘Gideon’s Army’: Gerald Shargel on the Defense That Never Rests
Gerald L. Shargel
July 1, 2013
Historical Examples of affirmed
Many, indeed, affirmed that the process was already near its consummation.The Man of Adamant
"You were right," affirmed Kirkwood, with a rueful and crooked smile.
"I was born in San Francisco," affirmed Kirkwood a bit sadly.
With energetic gestures he affirmed that his Padrona was just as usual.A Spirit in Prison
Keturah affirmed that the captain's stay had been a real pleasure.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (may take a clause as object) to declare to be true; assert positively
- to uphold, confirm, or ratify
- (intr) law to make an affirmation
Word Origin 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.