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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Andrew Puzder's Senate confirmation hearing was scheduled to begin Thursday. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Trump’s picks for administration jobs keep dropping out. But why?," 17 June 2019 In the era of #MeToo, of women’s marches, of the Brett M. Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, these high school students are pushing back. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "‘If not us, who will?’," 14 June 2019 Trump's statement also is at odds with FBI Director Christopher Wray's comment during his confirmation hearings that politicians and their operatives should report to the FBI attempts by foreign governments to interfere in US elections. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for June 13: Trump, David Ortiz, Grand Canyon, tanker attacks, Vayu," 13 June 2019 During Attorney General William Barr’s confirmation hearing, Blumenthal was the first to press the nominee on the release of the findings of then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Ana Radelat,, "Sen. Richard Blumenthal finds special niche on Judiciary Committee," 10 June 2019 As chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he was widely criticized for his treatment of Anita Hill during the 1991 confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Mark Z. Barabak,, "For many black voters, 2020 isn’t about pride or making history. It’s about beating Trump," 6 June 2019 The pan-Continental Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.2%, buoyed by the autos and parts subindex, which gained 1.4% as car makers’ shares rose on Fiat Chrysler’s and Renault’s confirmation of merger talks. Max Bernhard, WSJ, "Stocks Rise in Wake of European Elections," 27 May 2019 Today royal reporter Rebecca English of The Daily Mail tweeted confirmation that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new son will not have a formal title. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Named Their Son Archie Harrison," 8 May 2019 Buckingham Palace will likely give us the final confirmation on whether Harry will actually jet off to the Netherlands. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Still Reportedly Plans to Visit the Netherlands Days After the Royal Baby's Birth," 6 May 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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to take the place or position of

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