con·​fir·​ma·​tion | \ˌkän-fər-ˈmā-shən \

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 , -​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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There is emotional intensity, to be sure, given the enormous stakes and the virtual certainty that Kavanaugh's confirmation would significantly shift the high court to the right. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Kavanaugh's baseball debts: Why the nominee's opponents are striking out," 13 July 2018 To make things even more mysterious, less than an hour later, the model finally tweeted confirmation of her and Justin's engagement. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber Posts and Immediately Deletes Video of Hailey Baldwin Singing Rihanna," 13 July 2018 For Democrats facing an uphill struggle to block Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, his protective views of the presidency could prove to be a bright red ribbon. New York Times, "Democrats Zero In on Kavanaugh’s Defense of Presidential Power," 11 July 2018 Vox asked seven experts what Kavanaugh’s potential confirmation to the Supreme Court might mean for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Jen Kirby, Vox, "7 legal experts on how Kavanaugh views executive power — and what it could mean for Mueller," 11 July 2018 But organizations that deal with issues that are priorities for black Americans are expressing concern about what Kavanaugh's confirmation could mean for the future of civil rights. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Civil rights organizations are worried about Brett Kavanaugh’s potential impact on racial issues," 11 July 2018 Photos have also surfaced of Baldwin wearing a large diamond ring beachside, but there's been no engagement ring confirmation from the couple themselves. Vogue, "Justin Bieber Confirms His Engagement to Hailey Baldwin: “Everything Seems to Make Sense”," 9 July 2018 Check out the all-natural pictures and Kylie's confirmation below. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Kylie Jenner Reveals She 'Got Rid of All' Her Lip Fillers With New Natural Photos on Instagram," 9 July 2018 While there’s been no official confirmation from the beaus themselves, Justin’s father Jeremy seems to have hinted on Instagram that the rumors are definitely tru-mours. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Engagement Ring Justin Bieber Gave Hailey Baldwin Is Extremely Large," 9 July 2018

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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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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


con·​fir·​ma·​tion | \ˌkän-fər-ˈmā-shən \

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 \

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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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