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[af-er-mey-shuh n] /ˌæf ərˈmeɪ ʃən/
the act or an instance of affirming; state of being affirmed.
the assertion that something exists or is true.
something that is affirmed; a statement or proposition that is declared to be true.
confirmation or ratification of the truth or validity of a prior judgment, decision, etc.
Law. a solemn declaration accepted instead of a statement under oath.
Origin of affirmation
1535-45; < Latin affirmātiōn- (stem of affirmātiō), equivalent to affirmāt(us) (past participle of affirmāre to affirm) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonaffirmation, noun
overaffirmation, noun
preaffirmation, noun
reaffirmation, noun
self-affirmation, noun Unabridged
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  • He is a natural showman, and he thrives on affirmation.
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  • Instead it's a calm, reflective affirmation of family love.
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  • The book is equally rewarding as a wilderness journey and as one man's affirmation of his faith.
  • The fact is they are not looking for answers, they are looking for affirmation.
  • The Canadians have the gold medal and a re-affirmation of their hockey pride.
  • The article introduces a bias by this affirmation.
  • It sounds like you are looking for affirmation that this is a good move for you.
  • Man lives more by affirmation than by bread.
British Dictionary definitions for affirmation


the act of affirming or the state of being affirmed
a statement of the existence or truth of something; assertion
(law) a solemn declaration permitted on grounds of conscientious objection to taking an oath
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Word Origin and History for affirmation

early 15c., "assertion that something is true," from Old French afermacion (14c.), from Latin affirmationem (nominative affirmatio) "an affirmation, solid assurance," noun of action from past participle stem of affirmare (see affirm). In law, as the Quaker alternative to oath-taking, it is attested from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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