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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Over the years, however, Congress has essentially ceded powers to the president for his use in special circumstances, often with the acquiescence or affirmation of the Supreme Court and almost always with considerable ambiguity. Washington Post, "Use of emergency declaration to impose tariffs on Mexico is legally questionable, scholars say," 5 June 2019 During their visit Meghan asked for a sharpie to write messages of affirmation on items of food that will tonight be handed out to women by @One25Charity’s mobile van service. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Writes Heartwarming Notes to Women on Bananas," 1 Feb. 2019 Teenage admiration is a different kind of affirmation for an adult male musician. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 As if on cue, or in proudly Italian affirmation, Teo barks loudly. Stellene Volandes, ELLE Decor, "Jeweler Antonia Miletto Leads a Fairy-Tale Existence in Her 16th-Century Townhouse in Venice," 17 Apr. 2019 There’s also an affirmation of our values, our Jewish values: loving the stranger, helping the stranger caring for the vulnerable. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Why Hanukkah’s message of Jewish resilience matters so much after Pittsburgh," 29 Nov. 2018 Alec Williams's diploma, signed by the chair of the ‘Coard of Trustees.’ Photo: Alec Williams Graduation is an affirmation of scholastic achievement, so why can’t some schools achieve freshman-level spelling mastery on their sheepskins? Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Nice Degree, but Your Diploma Gets an ‘F’ for Spelling," 19 Aug. 2018 Watch the rest of de Kok's routine above, and stay tuned until the end to learn about her nightly ritual with healing crystals and positive affirmations. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria's Secret Model Roosmarijn de Kok's Nighttime Skincare Routine," 22 Jan. 2019 Perhaps the best evidence that Israel needs a constitutional affirmation of its status as the sovereign Jewish nation-state is the eagerness of so many to denounce as undemocratic measures that are considered mundane anywhere else. Eugene Kontorovich, WSJ, "Get Over It—Israel Is the Jewish State," 19 July 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 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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