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[uh-fahy-uh nt] /əˈfaɪ ənt/
noun, Law.
a person who makes an affidavit.
Origin of affiant
1800-10, Americanism; obsolete v. affy to confide (< Middle French afier; see affiance) + -ant Unabridged
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Examples from the web for affiant
  • When this form is completed, signed by the affiant and notarized, it will be used as evidence in the matter in caption.
  • The affiant makes oath before a notary public that the facts contained in the affidavit are true.
  • affiant officers and their supervisors will direct and control others that aid in the service of search warrants.
  • The affiant commits perjury if in the sworn schedule he makes a false statement which he does not believe to be true.
  • affiant conducted a field test of a representative sample of the substance that tested conclusively as cocaine.
  • affiant is certified in the field testing of controlled substances.
British Dictionary definitions for affiant


(US, law) a person who makes an affidavit
Word Origin
C19: Old French, from affier to trust to, from Medieval Latin affīdāre; see affiance
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