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 Until the actions of the person your affiant has been calling 'Umbrella Man,' the protests had been relatively peaceful. Libor Jany, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis police say 'Umbrella Man' was a white supremacist trying to incite George Floyd rioting," 28 July 2020 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, "Path to Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner's death started with a 'shots fired' call six weeks earlier," 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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8 Aug 2020

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“Affiant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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