Definition of affirm
- He affirmed his innocence.
- The court affirmed his conviction.
- laws affirming the racial equality of all people
We cannot affirm that this painting is genuine.
They neither affirmed nor denied their guilt.
laws affirming the racial equality of all peoples
They continued to affirm their religious beliefs.
The decision was affirmed by a higher court.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to say that something is true in a confident way
: to show a strong belief in or dedication to (something, such as an important idea)
law : to decide that the judgment of another court is correct
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