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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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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Getting a big win now in exchange for possible political and confirmation-vote losses later seems well worth the risk. WSJ, "Senate Losses Are Worth the Risk for Democrats," 12 July 2018 Administration officials are pushing for hearings and a confirmation vote by Oct. 1, in time for the court’s new term. New York Times, "Senate Democrats Come Out Swinging in Long-Shot Fight to Block Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 No matter who Trump chooses, the confirmation vote will be close because Republicans hold a narrow 51-to-49 margin in the Senate. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "These six senators could make or break President Trump's Supreme Court nominee," 9 July 2018 Or would Republicans be better off having the vacancy on the ballot through the midterms to sustain that energy (assuming the confirmation vote would take place sometime in September)? Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Supreme Court showdown jolts the 2018 campaign," 28 June 2018 Our confirmation hearings are more performative than anything. Jen Kirby, Vox, "7 legal experts on how Kavanaugh views executive power — and what it could mean for Mueller," 11 July 2018 The Instagram confirmation of their forthcoming nuptials is certainly exciting, but as one person on Twitter noted, there's something a tad amiss about Justin's Instagram activity. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber Doesn't Follow Hailey Baldwin on Instagram," 10 July 2018 The closest thing to verification on Reddit, even now, is a confirmation that the email attached to your account is real. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Transformative Power of Reddit's Alien Mascot," 6 July 2018 Barrett's profile rose rapidly last year with conservative groups after her confirmation hearing featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions. Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller And Ken Thomas, Houston Chronicle, "Trump weighs 2 or 3 candidates for court, to meet with Pence," 6 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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