[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

Examples from the Web for re-affirmation

Historical Examples of re-affirmation

  • We conclude our review of opposing schools by the re-affirmation of our position, that God is cognizable by human reason.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy

    Benjamin Franklin Cocker

  • Were this drawn, it would amount to something very like a re-affirmation of Theism.

  • This is nothing but a re-affirmation of the aristocratic doctrine of the "Literary Bible."

    Thomas Jefferson

    Gilbert Chinard

British Dictionary definitions for re-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 re-affirmation

also reaffirmation, 1845, noun of action from re-affirm.



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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