EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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;
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-iōn- -ion Related forms non·af·fir·ma·tion, noun o·ver·af·fir·ma·tion, noun pre·af·fir·ma·tion, noun re·af·fir·ma·tion, noun self-af·fir·ma·tion, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-affirmation n.
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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