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 Tuesday brought confirmation, along with 25 new cases, bringing the state's total to 72. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live coronavirus updates: 40 cases confirmed in Milwaukee County, including 13 in city, 27 in suburbs," 17 Mar. 2020 Notably, there hasn’t been any official confirmation of the names yet. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Non-resident Indians can now fully own Air India but will that change its fate?," 11 Mar. 2020 The man tested presumptively positive at state Health Department laboratories, but samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for final confirmation. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Coronavirus in Indiana: Hendricks County adult confirmed as state's 2nd positive case," 8 Mar. 2020 However, Elizondo says his email to DOPSR changing the status to unrestricted was confirmation of a suggestion made by them to another individual, and not simply an out-of-the-blue request made on his part. Tim Mcmillan, Popular Mechanics, "The Tale of the Tape," 17 Jan. 2020 Then, after conducting the tests, state labs had to send results to CDC labs to get confirmation that the results were accurate. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Slow coronavirus test rollout marked Trump administration early response to outbreak," 9 Mar. 2020 Authorities’ confirmation of five COVID-19 cases in the area was among several headlines that shocked Houstonians this week. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Coronavirus cases in Houston, teen's crash shocked readers this week," 6 Mar. 2020 To that end, NADS has a number of instrumented test vehicles which can do some on-road confirmation of simulator findings. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "There’s an $80 million driving simulator in Iowa, and we tried it out," 2 Mar. 2020 While the confirmation of an infection is worrying given Lagos’ dense population, health officials are quietly confident their experience in containing a potentially devastating 2014 Ebola outbreak will prove crucial. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria has confirmed an Italian man as Sub-Saharan Africa’s first coronavirus case," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of confirmation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confirmation

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27 Mar 2020

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“Confirmation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 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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