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 One of their current studies, LEGACY, examines how medical gender affirmation impacts quality of life, mental health, and HIV outcomes among transgender and non-binary people. Christina Oehler,, "10 LGBTQ+ Health Resources Providing Quality Medical Care for the Community," 22 June 2020 TJ Wright, another event organizer and co-founder of Juneteenth Social, started his speech with an affirmation. Lydia Gerike, The Indianapolis Star, "'We are resilient': BlaQ Lives Matter recognizes Black queer community," 21 June 2020 That is a change from his posture during the days when Iran deal proponents would invoke the agency’s affirmation that Iran was in technical compliance with the 2015 pact to criticize the American withdrawal. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Pompeo applauds IAEA vote to rebuke Iran over suspected nuclear sites," 19 June 2020 In secular meditation, participants centered on words or texts of self-affirmation. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "The psychological benefits of prayer: What science says about the mind-soul connection," 17 June 2020 Jones suggests listening to music, reciting affirmations, or doing body awareness exercises. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appétit, "5 Ways to Set Healthy Boundaries Around News and Social Media," 1 June 2020 That Ellie receives such warmth—and even tentative affirmation from her crush—despite her own self-doubt is a welcome onscreen rarity. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Secret Lives of Teenage Sidekicks," 26 May 2020 On top of watching chips being slowly dipped in queso, set to soothing spa music, the video also features some affirmations, whispered gently to you in a man’s voice. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Please Enjoy This 8-hour Video of Chips Being Dunked in Delicious Queso," 17 Apr. 2020 The Lightning Process is a goulash of neuro-linguistic programming, life coaching, osteopathy, positive affirmations, and other elements. David Tuller, STAT, "BMJ should retract flawed research paper on chronic fatigue syndrome," 13 Dec. 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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The first known use of affirmation was in the 15th century

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4 Jul 2020

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“Affirmation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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Kids Definition of affirmation

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

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