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
Recent Examples on the Web This simple affirmation can have a profound effect on your well-being. The Rev. Ellin Dize,, 5 June 2021 For Brooks, who along with his wife Trisha Yearwood provided musical dispatches from their home set-up Studio G, the past year of virtual connections provided yet another affirmation his fans’ devotion. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, 4 June 2021 If affirmation was needed, Tuesday night provided the A’s a stirring glimpse of what Jesús Luzardo can offer in relief. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 June 2021 The following observations on 4 beckoning cyber-threat challenges are another affirmation that mitigating cyber-threats is a societal imperative and cybersecurity has become indispensable to securing our digital future. Chuck Brooks, Forbes, 9 May 2021 To the residents of Salvation City, the flu is just further affirmation that the Rapture is on the horizon, motivating everyone in the town to continue proving their godliness. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2021 The books are not an antidote to Houellebecq’s view of France but an affirmation of it. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 19 May 2021 Checinska said Thomas-Fahm's re-evaluation of indigenous textiles and silhouettes chimed with the coming of independence for many African nations and women, symbolizing an affirmation of African identities. Sana Noor Haq, CNN, 14 May 2021 The act also includes an affirmation of the need to update Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act with new legislation like the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 13 May 2021

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

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11 Jun 2021

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“Affirmation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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