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
But according to the affidavit, a few weeks after the search of his house, Trahan flew to Seattle and then to South Korea.
The teller handed over about $4,300, according to the affidavit.
His mother told police that Akaran is States' half-brother, according to the affidavit.
The girl was given facial reconstruction surgery to fix the wound on her forehead, according to the affidavit.
Later Friday, an attorney contacted police saying his client had witnessed the killing, according to the affidavit.
Wesson first came under investigation two years ago when a federal special agent was doing electronic surveillance and found the man's IP address associated with child pornography, according to an arrest affidavit.
According to the affidavit, Brandon Hixon also said his attorney at the time warned him calling Danielle would be a felony.
According to the affidavit, officers searched the basement, where Jennings said her father lived.
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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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