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[af-er-mey-shuh n]
  1. the act or an instance of affirming; state of being affirmed.
  2. the assertion that something exists or is true.
  3. something that is affirmed; a statement or proposition that is declared to be true.
  4. confirmation or ratification of the truth or validity of a prior judgment, decision, etc.
  5. Law. a solemn declaration accepted instead of a statement under oath.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • This declaration was supposed to be nothing more than a reaffirmation of the Monroe Doctrine.

  • Mr. Cleveland's message above quoted was accepted as a reaffirmation of the treaty on the part of the American government.

  • Congress acted upon this reaffirmation of the responsibility of Americans and the mission of America.

  • One article of the agreement stipulates for “the reaffirmation to the Cherokee Nation of the right of local self-government.”

  • This is a reaffirmation of the definition, "faith is the giving substance to things hoped for, a test of things not seen."

    Some Christian Convictions

    Henry Sloane Coffin

British Dictionary definitions for reaffirmation


  1. the act of affirming or the state of being affirmed
  2. a statement of the existence or truth of something; assertion
  3. law a solemn declaration permitted on grounds of conscientious objection to taking an oath
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Word Origin and History for reaffirmation



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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