affirmation

noun
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

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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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The Breeders’ Cup gave Santa Anita some positive news and an affirmation of its reform measures on Thursday when the board agreed to keep the event at the Arcadia track. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Breeders’ Cup board agrees to keep this year’s event at Santa Anita," 27 June 2019 Of the 713 top posts in the government which require the affirmation of the Senate, only 455 are filled by confirmed appointees. The Economist, "Patrick Shanahan stands aside from the DoD," 21 June 2019 Finally, all but one of the bishops here voted to approve what is essentially a re-affirmation of their vows as bishops, with a special focus on the abuse crisis. Daniel Burke, CNN, "10 ways Catholic bishops are trying to end the clergy abuse scandal," 13 June 2019 All of these characters, the women, the publishers, the hangers-on, the simply interesting, provide the clamor that seems to sustain Hemingway, fonts of affirmation on demand available for his fragile writer’s ego. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 Yet his graphic portrayal of it identified, on the one hand, a punchy affirmation of the term, and on the other hand, very deep feelings of fear. Brett Sokol, New York Times, "‘LOVE’ and Other Four-Letter Words," 23 May 2018 The findings offer some political affirmation for the Democratic governor who, after calling the death penalty immoral and unjust, stirred up controversy in March by issuing temporary reprieves to more than 700 inmates on California’s death row. Phil Willon, The Mercury News, "California poll: Keep the death penalty, limit executions," 17 June 2019 Faced with toxic systems that are destroying all life on Earth, affirmation of this vision and rebelling against whatever gets in its way becomes a sacred duty for all. Farhana Yamin, Time, "This Is the Only Way to Tackle the Climate Emergency," 14 June 2019 Parker says trans people need affirmation and urges younger people to talk to their elders. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Pulse: Young LGBTQ+ leaders urge activism on tragic anniversary," 11 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce affirmation (audio) \

Kids Definition of affirmation

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

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