confirmation

noun
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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web During now-Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings, Democrats absurdly claimed that then-President Trump was attempting to place Barrett on the Court to assure that the ACA would be invalidated. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 17 June 2021 July 13, 2009 - Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee begin. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 16 June 2021 This March, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa — who survived a bout with the coronavirus — was conducting confirmation hearings for a former A.C.L.U. lawyer who was nominated to serve as associate attorney general. New York Times, 6 June 2021 During his confirmation hearings, senators asked Justice Kavanaugh about his own teenage behavior. Daniel Weinberger, Scientific American, 24 May 2021 The confirmation was delayed while the FBI investigated. Washington Post, 5 June 2021 The confirmation was delayed while the FBI investigated. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 But the confirmation that the ruins of the Clotilda had been found was right around the corner. al, 4 June 2021 The Department found that a fraudulent construction company created bogus email accounts and phone numbers to re-route financial documents and confirmation voice calls. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2021

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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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“Confirmation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confirmation. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for confirmation

confirmation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of confirmation

: proof which shows that something is true or correct
: a response which shows that information is received and understood especially : a response that makes a purchase, appointment, etc., definite or official
: the act of giving official approval to something or someone

confirmation

noun
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.

confirmation

noun
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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