Definition of aver
- Mr. Murray avers that many large organizations in the private sector are run by curmudgeons like him …
- —Joseph Epstein
He averred that he was innocent.
“I am innocent,” he averred.
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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.
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