attestation

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

Definition of attestation

plural attestations
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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