con·​fir·​ma·​tion | \ ˌkän-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce confirmation (audio) \

Definition of confirmation

1 : an act or process of confirming: such as
a(1) : a Christian rite conferring the gift of the Holy Spirit and among Protestants full church membership
(2) : a ceremony especially of Reform Judaism confirming youths in their faith
b : the ratification of an executive act by a legislative body the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee
2a : confirming proof : corroboration found confirmation of a theory The report needed confirmation.
b : the process of supporting a statement by evidence

Other Words from confirmation

confirmational \ ˌkän-​fər-​ˈmā-​shnəl How to pronounce confirmation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of confirmation in a Sentence

Reporters awaited confirmation from the army about the battle. We don't have independent confirmation of the facts. Final confirmation came only after the investigation was completed. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your order. You will receive confirmation of your order by e-mail. Many senators are opposed to his confirmation as a federal judge. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Jones echoed similar sentiments in an interview after her poet laureate confirmation ceremony in December. Shauna Stuart |, al, 3 Aug. 2022 Langley’s confirmation comes as new Marine Corps initiatives seek to improve diversity and retention, including the launch of a plan, called Talent Management 2030, last November. Zachary Schermele, NBC News, 3 Aug. 2022 Such a special Holy Saturday with Paloma's confirmation in Puerto Rico. Georgia Slater, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2022 The Senate's confirmation came after President Joe Biden nominated Langley in June to lead the U.S. Africa Command, responsible for military operations in Africa. Kendall Ross, ABC News, 2 Aug. 2022 It’s in the code of Google Camera 8.6 that the blog found confirmation that Google is still developing foldable phones. Chris Smith, BGR, 2 Aug. 2022 Speakers denounced the proposal that would prohibit medical interventions like gender confirmation surgery, puberty blockers and hormone treatments for young Floridians who do not feel their gender identity aligns with their physical body. Annie Martin, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Aug. 2022 Brie's confirmation comes on the heels of her Community costar Joel McHale teasing the possibility of a reunion project. Kelly Wynne,, 1 Aug. 2022 If the dealer won’t sign or write a price confirmation, find another dealer. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 31 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of confirmation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confirmation

see confirm

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7 Aug 2022

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“Confirmation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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con·​fir·​ma·​tion | \ ˌkän-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce confirmation (audio) \

Kids Definition of confirmation

1 : an act of ensuring the truth of, strengthening, or approving
2 : a religious ceremony admitting a person to full privileges in a church or synagogue
3 : something that ensures the truth of, strengthens, or approves He received a confirmation of his order.


con·​fir·​ma·​tion | \ ˌkän-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce confirmation (audio) \

Legal Definition of confirmation

1 : the act or process of confirming, assuring, or upholding seeking confirmation of the agreement specifically : the ratification of an executive act by a legislative body senate confirmation of the Supreme Court nominee
2 : something that confirms: as
a : an express or implied contract by which a person makes a voidable agreement binding specifically : a definite expression or written memorandum that verifies or substantiates an agreement previously made orally or informally
b in the civil law of Louisiana : a declaration whereby a person corrects the parts of an obligation that are null to make them enforceable
c : a conveyance by which valid title to an estate is transferred to a person already in possession or by which an estate is increased

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