affidavit

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noun af·fi·da·vit \ˌa-fə-ˈdā-vət\

Definition of affidavit

  1. :  a sworn statement in writing made especially under oath or on affirmation (see affirmation 2) before an authorized magistrate or officer <The witness's affidavit was presented to the court as evidence.>

Examples of affidavit in a sentence

  1. We have a signed affidavit stating that the two men were seen entering the building.

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.

Origin and Etymology of affidavit

Medieval Latin, he has made an oath, from affidare —see 1affiance


First Known Use: 1515


AFFIDAVIT Defined for English Language Learners

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noun af·fi·da·vit \ˌa-fə-ˈdā-vət\

Definition of affidavit for English Language Learners

  • law : a written report which is signed by a person who promises that the information is true


AFFIDAVIT Defined for Kids

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noun af·fi·da·vit \ˌa-fə-ˈdā-vət\

Definition of affidavit for Students

  1. :  a written statement signed by a person who swears that the information is true


Law Dictionary

affidavit

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noun af·fi·da·vit \ˌa-fə-ˈdā-vət\

Legal Definition of affidavit

  1. :  a sworn statement in writing made especially under oath or on affirmation before an authorized magistrate or officer — compare deposition, examination

Origin and Etymology of affidavit

Medieval Latin, he/she has pledged faith, third singular perfect of affidare — see affiant



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