Definition of aver
1 : to declare positively Mr. Murray avers that many large organizations in the private sector are run by curmudgeons like him … — Joseph Epstein
2 law a : to verify or prove to be true in pleading a causeb : to allege or assert in pleading
Examples of aver in a Sentence
He averred that he was innocent.
“I am innocent,” he averred.
Did You Know?
Since aver contains the "truth" root, it basically means "confirm as true". You may aver anything that you're sure of. In legal situations, aver means to state positively as a fact; thus, Perry Mason's clients aver that they are innocent, while the district attorney avers the opposite. If you make such a statement while under oath, and it turns out that you lied, you may have committed the crime of perjury.
Origin and Etymology of aver
Middle English averren, from Anglo-French averer, from Medieval Latin adverare to confirm as authentic, from Latin ad- + verus true — more at 2very
First Known Use: 15th century
AVER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aver for English Language Learners
: to say (something) in a very strong and definite way
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