attestation

noun
at·tes·ta·tion | \ ˌa-ˌtes-ˈtā-shən , ˌa-tə-ˈstā- \
plural attestations

Definition of attestation 

1 : an act or instance of attesting something: such as

a : a proving of the existence of something through evidence … a complete and formal attestation of your innocence. —Edward Bulwer-Lytton

b : an official verification of something as true or authentic the notary's attestation of the will

2 : the proof or evidence by which something (such as the usage of a word) is attested the earliest attestation of the term in print

First Known Use of attestation

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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