- 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 reaffirmed
It is not a pity party when you can stand up and say, “I am,” to be counted, reaffirmed, human.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
It was reaffirmed in 2012, and popular support has been steadily building an ever—healthier majority for marriage equality.America’s First Post-Gay Governor
October 24, 2014
Frieden, who weeks ago claimed the “window was closing” on Ebola containment efforts, reaffirmed the need for an urgent response.CDC’s Worst Case Scenario: 1.4 Million Ebola Cases
September 23, 2014
This reaffirmed previous work by the Progressive Policy Institute arguing that car ownership plants the seeds for upward mobility.How Cars, Not Subways, Will Make Us Richer
June 4, 2014
Last week in an interview with The Daily Beast, Cuban clarified but reaffirmed his warning.Mark Cuban Warns That Basketball Players Could Get the Sterling Treatment Next
June 3, 2014
He affirmed and reaffirmed this resolution in the drawing-rooms of Sta.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
This action was reaffirmed by the General Conference of October 6, 1891.The Story of the Mormons
William Alexander Linn
Dispassionately he reviewed his decision and reaffirmed it; it was now the time for action.The Doomsman
Van Tassel Sutphen
"It's a fact beyond all question," reaffirmed the Professor.Bert Wilson on the Gridiron
J. W. Duffield
Phil, turning up the collar of her mackintosh, reaffirmed the fact of tea.Otherwise Phyllis
- (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 reaffirmed
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.