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
Mr. Varnell wrote in one text message to a confidential informant who cooperated with the authorities, according to the affidavit, which was written by an F.B.I. special agent.
For example, the court said, Chilson correctly stated in an affidavit that Klein had opposed an autopsy of his wife’s body.
Although he was never indicted, Fox News reporter James Rosen was named as a co-conspirator in an FBI affidavit in a 2011 leak probe.
According to the affidavit, police were called to the home on Dec. 2, 2016, when Craig Ashton dialed 911 to report that Boyce was not breathing.
As officers were interrogating her, Hampton reached into her pant leg and pushed a white balloon on to the floor, the affidavit said.
The contraband then was delivered to an inmate who also was acting as an informant, the affidavit said.
The officers watched for a while as the men used black pipes to water the plants, then began moving toward them, according to an affidavit filed by U.S. Forest Service special agent Nickolas Roe.
Dr. Ram Gunabalan swore to the accusations in a 49-page affidavit filed in federal court last week.
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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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law : a written report which is signed by a person who promises that the information is true
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