affirmation

noun af·fir·ma·tion \ ˌa-fər-ˈmā-shən \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

Definition of affirmation

1 a : 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

Examples of affirmation in a Sentence

  1. a sworn affirmation that he had never acted as a spy for the enemy

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Origin and Etymology of 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

AFFIRMATION Defined for Kids

affirmation

noun af·fir·ma·tion \ ˌa-fər-ˈmā-shən \

Definition of affirmation for Students

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


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