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 Race relations continued to nag at Sessions in 2017, during his confirmation hearings for attorney general. al, "Can Jeff Sessions roar back into Senate, or will Trump ruin an otherwise perfect political career?," 10 July 2020 Levin reserved particular criticism for Biden's role as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Robert Bork and Justice Clarence Thomas. Fox News, "Mark Levin slams Biden as an 'empty suit' and 'bigot', says Democratic Party 'as evil as it's ever been'," 10 July 2020 And there is still lingering resentment among progressives over the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Tal Kopan,, "Progressives target Dianne Feinstein as head of Senate Judiciary Committee," 6 July 2020 Donald Trump’s pick for CIA inspector general pledged independence from the president and attorney general as senators pressed him on his willingness to speak truth to power during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday. Daniel Flatley,, "Trump’s Pick for CIA Watchdog Vows Independence From White House," 1 July 2020 At his confirmation hearings, Barr pledged to act independently from the president. Joshua Holzer, The Conversation, "Should the president pick the attorney general?," 26 June 2020 And, because there are so many scams out there, Augerinos says it’s a good idea to ensure your confirmation comes in writing. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "The Worst Mistakes You Can Make When Booking a Hotel, According to Experts," 26 June 2020 His confirmation came despite last-minute misgivings expressed by some of his former colleagues at U of L's Brandeis School of Law, who questioned his experience and judgment. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Judge Justin Walker, McConnell protege, confirmed to nation's second-most powerful court," 18 June 2020 Trump is about to land his 200th judicial confirmation next week. NBC News, "U.S. marks Juneteenth, Dreamers celebrate Supreme Court decision and Trump's Tulsa rally," 18 June 2020

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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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13 Jul 2020

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“Confirmation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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 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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