affirmation

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

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

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Post-war national affirmation The war claimed 20,000 lives. Lajla Veselica And Nicolas Gaudichet, chicagotribune.com, "Croatia's World Cup quarterfinals run revives national pride," 5 July 2018 And those sounds, all that affirmation and affection, fill us with joy. Beverly Beckham, BostonGlobe.com, "She is loved. And isn’t that everything?," 29 June 2018 More: 'Life-changing surgery': IU Health gender affirmation program one of few in Midwest The hepatitis A virus generally is transmitted through contaminated food or water or though the fecal-oral route. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hepatitis outbreaks: 10 things to know about the liver disease," 15 June 2018 The series also uses the traditional family drama structure of examining social issues through the prism of the show’s characters, but those issues involve ideas like trans women wrestling with whether to have gender affirmation surgery. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "FX’s Pose turns ’80s gay and trans culture into a heartfelt celebration of found families," 1 June 2018 Water in the desert is life, and coming to the lake to swim and boat and fish is an affirmation. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Even Vagabonds Need a Home," 17 May 2018 The response to the Explore change serves as affirmation of the tab's value: Users don't just go to Instagram to see what their friends, favorite celebrities, and brands are posting. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Instagrammers To Instagram: Bring Back Our Memes," 4 May 2018 The kinds of declarations Hall’s poetry makes are more like affirmations than assertions. Walt Hunter, The Atlantic, "Remembering Donald Hall, a Poet of Love and Loss," 27 June 2018 Not everyone, and not everywhere, but there’s been a sea change in the blood of us; one capillary in 20, maybe, carrying affirmation instead of shame, or at least the possibility of it, or at least the illusion. Lindy West, SELF, "The Way We Talk About Bodies Has Changed. What We Do About It Comes Next.," 26 June 2018

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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

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

Kids Definition of affirmation

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

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