con·​fir·​ma·​tion ˌkän-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce confirmation (audio)
: an act or process of confirming: such as
: a Christian rite conferring the gift of the Holy Spirit and among Protestants full church membership
: a ceremony especially of Reform Judaism confirming youths in their faith
: the ratification of an executive act by a legislative body
the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee
: confirming proof : corroboration
found confirmation of a theory
The report needed confirmation.
: the process of supporting a statement by evidence
confirmational 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 Neither representatives for Yeun nor Marvel Studios immediately responded to The Times’ request for confirmation. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2023 The late night did not dissuade Ernst and Sullivan from attempting a repeat of their Nov. 2 efforts to call up dozens of nominees for individual confirmation on the floor, only to be blocked by Tuberville. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, 16 Nov. 2023 The Randolph County Circuit Court clerk did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for additional confirmation. Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 The case: The special counsel’s office has been investigating whether Trump or those close to him violated the law by interfering with the lawful transfer of power after the 2020 presidential election or with Congress’s confirmation of the results on Jan. 6, 2021. Perry Stein, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2023 Out of the viral samples taken from sick people and sent to labs for confirmation, only 2 percent have turned out to be flu. Maryn McKenna, WIRED, 10 Nov. 2023 While Cohen’s plans to build a casino have been known for months, the details of his proposal, along with confirmation of his partners, were released for the first time Tuesday. Laura Nahmias, Fortune, 7 Nov. 2023 Barker and Kardashian’s relationship reportedly began in late 2020, with official confirmation coming in Jan. 2021. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 4 Nov. 2023 The confirmation came after the pages were leaked online. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 7 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


see confirm

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of confirmation was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Confirmation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​fir·​ma·​tion ˌkän-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce confirmation (audio)
: an act or process of confirming
: a religious ceremony admitting a person to full privileges in a church or synagogue
: something that confirms : proof

Legal Definition


con·​fir·​ma·​tion ˌkän-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce confirmation (audio)
: 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
: something that confirms: as
: 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
in the civil law of Louisiana : a declaration whereby a person corrects the parts of an obligation that are null to make them enforceable
: 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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