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 confirmational (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

Wait for the confirmation message, and you're done. David Nield, WIRED, "How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts," 14 July 2019 The departures also means that Trump has an unusually high number of acting Cabinet members, posts that require Senate confirmation. Madeleine Joung, Time, "Trump Has Now Had More Cabinet Turnover Than Reagan, Obama and the Two Bushes," 12 July 2019 That answer surprised some Democrats following the bitter fight over Kavanaugh's confirmation last year. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, "Amy McGrath repeatedly changes mind on Kavanaugh question," 12 July 2019 Once that occurs, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee must vote on it and, if approved, the full Senate would vote on confirmation. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Brazilian president considering his Trump-supporting son to be U.S. ambassador," 12 July 2019 Establish a space for employees to challenge ideas, thus reducing chances of confirmation bias. Richard Bailey, Quartz at Work, "Disruption fatigue demands a new approach to being disruptive," 11 July 2019 The Canaries have reached a deal with Aarons' representatives, and confirmation of his new contract is expected in the coming days. SI.com, "Max Aarons Set to Sign New Long-Term Norwich Contract & Reject Premier League Interest," 10 July 2019 With Bress’ confirmation, the court will have 16 judges appointed by Democratic presidents, 12 by Republicans and one vacancy. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Senate confirms Trump’s appointment to Ninth Circuit appeals court," 9 July 2019 Senior Navy officials said Spencer learned of this relationship only after Moran's Senate confirmation in May. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive details. Robert Burns, Anchorage Daily News, "Admiral picked to lead Navy is retiring; bad judgment cited," 8 July 2019

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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

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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