- 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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Examples from the Web for reaffirm
In black-ish, Dre reacts by trying to reaffirm his blackness within his home.‘black-ish’ Keeps It Real about the Invisible Black Man
September 24, 2014
Gulnara felt compelled to reaffirm her disinterest in political ambitions, via tweet, several weeks ago.Gulnara Karimova’s Tweets Hint at Uzbek Power Struggle
November 22, 2013
Today we must reaffirm that our future will be determined by people like Chris Stevens, and not by his killers.Obama’s Stirring U.N. Speech: John Avlon
September 25, 2012
I think that's probably one of the most difficult things about addiction; I must reaffirm that I am an addict all the time.Jennie Ketcham Interview: Recovering From Sex Addiction
Rachel Kramer Bussel
July 27, 2012
An opportunity to reaffirm our friendships, renew our commitments, and reflect on the values we cherish.Obama's Rosh Hashanah Gaffes
September 29, 2011
But she stayed with her decision and often had to reaffirm it.When You Don't Know Where to Turn
Steven J. Bartlett
It was decided to reaffirm the "gude and lovable" Act of 1427.The Scottish Parliament
Robert S. (Robert Sangster) Rait
Do you not think it wrong to affirm and reaffirm what is substantially untrue?Shirley
It was enough simply to reaffirm the fundamental principles of democracy.The Anti-Slavery Crusade
And I need only add that I reaffirm what I have written with entire sincerity.The Old Yellow Book
- to affirm (a claim, etc) again; reassert
- (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 and History for reaffirm
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.