- 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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Related Words for re-affirmrestore, repeat, extend, resume, revive, prolong, reopen, continue, restate, reestablish, reaffirm, exhilarate, reinvigorate, recreate, refurbish, remodel, resuscitate, refit, disclose, claim
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Historical Examples of re-affirm
On the contrary, I re-affirm it; but, I offer you a divorce.The Colonel of the Red Huzzars
John Reed Scott
Let us trace her from foundation to present eminence; re-affirm our family pledges and form resolutions new.
Should he cough—as the native does when he wishes to attract your attention, or to re-affirm his forgotten presence?Cupid in Africa
P. C. Wren
- (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.