af·​fir·​ma·​tion | \ ˌa-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce affirmation (audio) \

Definition of affirmation

1a : the act of affirming nodded his head in affirmation
b : something affirmed : a positive assertion His memoir is a reflective affirmation of family love.
2 law : a solemn declaration made under the penalties of perjury by a person who conscientiously declines taking an oath

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Examples of affirmation in a Sentence

a sworn affirmation that he had never acted as a spy for the enemy
Recent Examples on the Web Chart success was an important affirmation of his self-worth and getting to No. Mara Reinstein, Billboard, "Sex, Insecurity & Careless Whispers: What Andrew Ridgeley's Wham! Memoir Says About George Michael," 8 Oct. 2019 This is an affirmation of everything that has happened in the 20 years since, all the goodness that comes from raising another generation of strong, intelligent, fearless and successful women through sports. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Opinion: The World Cup might be over, but we aren't nearly done with USWNT's stars," 8 July 2019 The president having the same hair texture as him was an affirmation. Jeneé Osterheldt,, "Miss Teen USA is more than her hair, but those natural curls help teach girls to love themselves," 10 June 2019 Every new building is an optimistic affirmation of the future. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco’s big new building has a down-to-earth opening ceremony," 22 May 2018 The Presidential Award is an affirmation of our love as educators, particularly in science. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Teacher new to Taylor High School but not to field of chemistry," 8 Dec. 2019 The cadre of House GOP leaders standing behind him yelled in affirmation as McCarthy responded. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "House Republicans make it clear they feel Trump has done nothing wrong," 1 Nov. 2019 For librarian Karen Danczak Lyons, the recent announcement that the Chicago Public Library system will begin forgiving fines for patrons with overdue books was an affirmation that the Evanston Public Library is on the right page. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "Determined to remove barriers and bolster circulation, many suburban libraries are forgiving late fines and extending due dates," 30 Oct. 2019 Start your days with a simple self-affirmation to strengthen your 1st house of self, first impressions, and appearance, which is being brightened by the Sun. Venus Australis,, "Your Horoscope This Week," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of affirmation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for affirmation

Middle English affirmacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French affirmation, affermacion, borrowed from Latin affirmātiōn-, affirmātiō, from affirmāre "to affirm" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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The first known use of affirmation was in the 15th century

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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Affirmation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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Kids Definition of affirmation

: an act of saying or showing that something is true They nodded their heads in affirmation.

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