Definition of affirm
2 : to assert (something, such as a judgment or decree) as valid or confirmed The court affirmed his conviction.
3 : to show or express a strong belief in or dedication to (something, such as an important idea) laws affirming the racial equality of all people
1 : to testify or declare by affirmation (see affirmation 2) as distinguished from swearing an oath
2 : to uphold a judgment or decree of a lower court
affirmableplay \ə-ˈfər-mə-bəl\ adjective
affirmanceplay \ə-ˈfər-mən(t)s\ noun
Examples of affirm in a sentence
We cannot affirm that this painting is genuine.
They neither affirmed nor denied their guilt.
laws affirming the racial equality of all peoples
They continued to affirm their religious beliefs.
The decision was affirmed by a higher court.
Origin and Etymology of affirm
Middle English affermen, from Anglo-French afermer, from Latin affirmare, from ad- + firmare to make firm, from firmus firm — more at firm
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of affirm
AFFIRM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of affirm for English Language Learners
: to say that something is true in a confident way
: to show a strong belief in or dedication to (something, such as an important idea)
law : to decide that the judgment of another court is correct
AFFIRM Defined for Kids
Definition of affirm for Students
: to declare that something is true The man affirms that he is innocent.
Legal Definition of affirm
1 : to assert as true or factual
1 : to make a solemn declaration under the penalties of perjury in place of swearing an oath to which one conscientiously objects
2 : to uphold the judgment or actions of a lower court the appeals court affirmed
affirmance\ə-ˈfər-məns\ play noun
affirmation\ˌa-fər-ˈmā-shən\ play noun
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