noun as·ser·ta·tion \ˌa-sər-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of assertation



  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of assertation

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 — more at -ion

First Known Use: circa 1535

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