Examples of affidavit in a Sentence
We have a signed affidavit stating that the two men were seen entering the building.
Recent Examples of affidavit from the Web
According to the affidavit, Spain met with an undercover FBI informant Thursday morning at his home outside Richmond.
The mother, Lamora Williams, 24, is accused of killing 1-year-old Ja'Karter Penn and 2-year-old Ke-Yaunte Penn sometime between midnight Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Her affidavit alleged that another 60 women had been held at the centre in similar circumstances.
An unnamed tipster who placed calls to Crime Stoppers on Nov. 15 and Nov. 18 initially drew authorities to Carender, according to the search warrant affidavit.
The man stuffed cash into a plastic trash bag and then attempted to open several teller drawers before fleeing the bank on foot, according to the affidavit.
Klinefelter admitted to drinking before driving and crashing his car, according to an affidavit.
Furthermore, the email was included in an FBI agent’s affidavit supporting the criminal charges against Papdopoulos, but it’s not mentioned in the court documents describing his guilty plea and cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The case involved an assistant district attorney named Richard Ceballos, who learned of perjured law enforcement statements in a search warrant affidavit.
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Promises, Promises: the History of affidavit, affiance, & fiancé
Affidavit refers to a written promise, and its Latin roots connect it to another kind of promise in English. It comes from a past tense form of the Latin verb affidare, meaning “to pledge”; in Latin, affidavit translates to “he or she has made a pledge.”
Affidare is also the root of affiance, an archaic English noun meaning “trust, faith, confidence,” “marriage contract or promise,” or a meaning that has completely fallen from use, “close or intimate relationship.” More familiar to modern English speakers is the verb affiance, meaning “to promise in marriage” or “to betroth.” It usually appears as a fancy-sounding participial adjective:
I like to give affianced friends a copy of Rebecca Mead’s book “One Perfect Day,” which exposes the ridiculous wedding industry.
—Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist, 7 October 2014
Affiance came through French to English in the 14th century, and, nearly 500 years later, the related French words fiancé and fiancée were added to English. Etymologically speaking, a fiancé or fiancée is a “promised one.”
Did You Know?
In Latin, affidavit means "he (she) has sworn an oath", and an affidavit is always a sworn written document. If it contains a lie, the person making it may be prosecuted. Affidavits are often used in court when it isn't possible for someone to appear in person. Police officers must usually file an affidavit with a judge to get a search warrant. Affidavits (unlike similar signed statements called depositions) are usually made without an opposing lawyer being present and able to ask questions.
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