assertation

noun

as·​ser·​ta·​tion ˌa-sər-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce assertation (audio)
plural assertations
: the act of asserting or something that is asserted : assertion
This crisis, which inspires repeated heartfelt assertations of Mr. Richburg's happiness to be an American …William Finnegan, New York Times Book Review, 30 Mar. 1997
What I have said so far has not been an attempt to support my thesis but merely to explain what it is. Of course, a fuller understanding of an assertation may convince someone of its truth.Clifford Williams, The Life of the Mind, 2002

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French & Medieval Latin; French assertation, borrowed from Medieval Latin assertātiōn-, assertātiō, from assertāre "to affirm, assert" (frequentative of Latin asserere "to lay claim to, allege, assert") + Latin -tiōn-, -tiō, noun suffix

First Known Use

circa 1535, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of assertation was circa 1535

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“Assertation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assertation. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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