- 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 reaffirmsrestore, repeat, extend, resume, revive, prolong, reopen, continue, restate, reestablish, reaffirm, exhilarate, reinvigorate, recreate, refurbish, remodel, resuscitate, refit, disclose, claim
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Contemporary Examples of reaffirms
It reaffirms that derivatives are inherently risky, and even the best-run banks—and JPMorgan is one of them—cannot avoid the risk.Barney Frank on JPMorgan’s Contradictions, Mitt Romney’s Mistakes
May 26, 2012
Historical Examples of reaffirms
On the 18th he wrote and signed his Will, in which he reaffirms his theistic faith.The Life Of Thomas Paine, Vol. II. (of II)
Moncure Daniel Conway
It reaffirms the Confession of Faith of 1560, but contains also a solemn renunciation in great detail of the errors of Popery.Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromartie, Knight
Having cited the canon of the first council of Constantinople, it reaffirms it.
And, curiously enough, throughout the group the old romantic allegiance of the earliest Schoenberg reaffirms itself.Musical Portraits
Without more discussion Bildad reaffirms what the unchangeable decree, as he knows it, certainly is.Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job
- (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.