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

Both Trump and McConnell have touted the confirmations of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh on the campaign trail., "Scaramucci says GOP should consider replacing Trump on 2020 ticket," 13 Aug. 2019 There hasn’t been any confirmation on the university side. Mark Heim |, al, "Auburn tweaks logo, could be switching to ‘Sabon’ font, which, of course, has our attention," 9 Aug. 2019 Morrison was a confirmation and embodiment of this. Lynell George, Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: Toni Morrison was both a mirror and a map who reflected experience back to us," 6 Aug. 2019 And while there hasn't been confirmation as to whether or not the two are actually dating, the consensus is in and, either way, Twitter ships the relationship. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "It Sure Seems Like Ariana Grande is Dating Her “Boyfriend” Collaborator Mikey Foster," 5 Aug. 2019 There has been speculation the U.S. diplomats, and some from Canada, were attacked by a weapon or device such as a microwave beam or sonic waves, but there is no confirmation. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Brain trauma on the ‘friendly island’," 2 Aug. 2019 The House confirmation helped advance Mr. Pierluisi’s position as successor. New York Times, "Ricardo Rosselló Steps Down as Puerto Rico’s Governor, and Pedro Pierluisi is Sworn in to Succeed Him," 2 Aug. 2019 According to the report, there is a Sheriff’s Office confirmation that the agency would not rehire Saxon. Ricky Pinela,, "Deputy who resigned after injuring police dog won’t face criminal charges: report," 2 Aug. 2019 While there's no confirmation that Tarek and Heather are an official couple, they were caught kissing. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Does 'Flip or Flop' Star Tarek El Moussa Have a New Girlfriend?," 1 Aug. 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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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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