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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Democrats rightly take pride in the 1928 nomination of Gov. Al Smith, which signaled the party’s affirmation that Catholics had a place in American public life. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Kamala Harris’s Dark Knights," 2 Jan. 2019 Men like Beierle, Bowers, and Sayoc have been posting about their violent intentions for years now, and getting support and affirmation for doing so. Anna North, Vox, "How mass shooters practice their hate online," 4 Nov. 2018 Clearly moved by the story, Harry popped the letter in his jacket pocket and offered up some moving words of comfort and affirmation to Otia. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Had Some Touching Advice For a 6-Year-Old Boy Who Lost His Mother," 31 Oct. 2018 Confident in her choice of lipsticks, her question isn't about approval but focused on affirmation. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Dreamcatcher Is the Goth-Inspired Girl Group Shaking Up the K-Pop World," 11 Sep. 2018 The new exoplanet was found using data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, which provided a further affirmation that most planets in the Milky Way galaxy are approximately the same size as Wolf 503b. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Exoplanet 'twice the size of Earth' discovered 145 light-years away," 6 Sep. 2018 Wynn’s humor folds back on itself into affirmation, after all, which trans people in particular need in a political age where our very existence is held up for debate. Katherine Cross, The Verge, "The Oscar Wilde of YouTube fights the alt-right with decadence and seduction," 24 Aug. 2018 Becoming a Powerhouse of Confidence Every morning for the past 10 years, McGrady has been waking up and offering herself affirmations. Kelly Bales, Allure, "Why Model Hunter McGrady Prays for the Haters," 26 July 2018 The dealers mumble a few words of affirmation, then ignore them. Mike Newall,, "A Kensington block captain's house is firebombed, but she's staying | Mike Newall," 23 May 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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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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