confirmation


con·fir·ma·tion

noun \ˌkän-fər-ˈmā-shən\

: proof which shows that something is true or correct

: a response which shows that information is received and understood; especially : a response that makes a purchase, appointment, etc., definite or official

: the act of giving official approval to something or someone

Full Definition of CONFIRMATION

1
:  an act or process of confirming: as
a (1) :  a Christian rite conferring the gift of the Holy Spirit and among Protestants full church membership
(2) :  a ceremony especially of Reform Judaism confirming youths in their faith
b :  the ratification of an executive act by a legislative body
2
a :  confirming proof :  corroboration
b :  the process of supporting a statement by evidence
con·fir·ma·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of CONFIRMATION

  1. Reporters awaited confirmation from the army about the battle.
  2. We don't have independent confirmation of the facts.
  3. Final confirmation came only after the investigation was completed.
  4. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your order.
  5. You will receive confirmation of your order by e-mail.
  6. Many senators are opposed to his confirmation as a federal judge.

First Known Use of CONFIRMATION

14th century

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vindication, violation, visitation, weather station

confirmation

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Christian rite in which believers reaffirm the faith into which they were baptized as infants or young children. The rite admitting adults to full membership in the community of the faithful did not exist as a distinct ceremony in the early church but probably coincided with baptism, since those who joined did so as adults and were baptized after instruction. As baptism of infants became common, some means of ascertaining their knowledge and commitment as young adults became necessary. A period of instruction was introduced, after which the candidates were examined and confirmed. In Roman Catholicism confirmation became a sacrament, usually performed by a bishop. The rite is also used in the Anglican and Lutheran churches.

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