af·​fir·​ma·​tion ˌa-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce affirmation (audio)
: the act of affirming
nodded his head in affirmation
: something affirmed : a positive assertion
His memoir is a reflective affirmation of family love.
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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Affirmation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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