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

Examples of affirmation in a Sentence

a sworn affirmation that he had never acted as a spy for the enemy
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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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“Affirmation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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