re·​af·​fir·​ma·​tion (ˌ)rē-ˌa-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce reaffirmation (audio)
plural reaffirmations
: a second or subsequent affirmation : the act of reaffirming something or the condition of being reaffirmed
a reaffirmation of the country's founding principles
Her announcement Friday served as a reaffirmation of her desire to continue in that instrumental role …Sean Sullivan

Examples of reaffirmation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The evening also served as a reaffirmation on the value of hiring a stand-up comedian host — in this case, John Mulaney — who’s actually sharp and funny. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2024 Even as the demands of family life have blossomed to a third and fourth generation, the bracing amount of Advent work has always been for me more than repaid by Yuletide projects, the reaffirmation of faith, and family gatherings. Peter J. Travers, National Review, 30 Dec. 2023 The Italian-language version of the book was released this week and brought to public attention Pope Francis' reaffirmation of male-exclusive priesthood. Timothy H.j. Nerozzi Fox News, Fox News, 26 Oct. 2023 Chastened by Putin’s gross violation of norms, democracies will band together in a muscular reaffirmation of the liberal international order. Shivshankar Menon, Foreign Affairs, 4 Apr. 2022 The action was more of a reaffirmation of the plan to widen the roadway, because the council first approved a TIP that included I-15 widening last year. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Sep. 2023 Without that regular reaffirmation, the state argues, people who want to leave their union might have their rights violated. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2023 The announcement is really a reaffirmation of a low-pricing pledge made in May 2020, the beginning of the COVID-19 virus scourge. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2022 Safeguarding the delicate accomplishment of liberal societies will require the reaffirmation of the toleration of difference, a noble spirit that Shklar hoped could sustain liberal democracy even in an age of disillusionment. Karl Polanyi, Foreign Affairs, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reaffirmation was in 1753

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“Reaffirmation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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