af·​fi·​ant | \ ə-ˈfī-ənt How to pronounce affiant (audio) \

Definition of affiant

: one who swears to an affidavit broadly : deponent

Examples of affiant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The affiant is identified as a violent crimes detective with the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department. NBC News, 17 Dec. 2021 Based on the information/observations set forth in paragraph 22 ad 24, affiant believes that the target may utilize said firearm against law enforcement during the execution of the warrant. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of affiant

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affiant

probably from affi(ance) entry 1 + -ant entry 1

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“Affiant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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af·​fi·​ant | \ ə-ˈfī-ənt How to pronounce affiant (audio) \

Legal Definition of affiant

: a person who swears to an affidavit — compare deponent, witness

History and Etymology for affiant

Middle French, from present participle of affier to pledge faith, swear, from Medieval Latin affidare, ultimately from Latin ad to + fidere to trust

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