affirmation

[af-er-mey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or an instance of affirming; state of being affirmed.
2.
the assertion that something exists or is true.
3.
something that is affirmed; a statement or proposition that is declared to be true.
4.
confirmation or ratification of the truth or validity of a prior judgment, decision, etc.
5.
Law. a solemn declaration accepted instead of a statement under oath.

Origin:
1535–45; < Latin affirmātiōn- (stem of affirmātiō), equivalent to affirmāt(us) (past participle of affirmāre to affirm) + -iōn- -ion

nonaffirmation, noun
overaffirmation, noun
preaffirmation, noun
reaffirmation, noun
self-affirmation, noun
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affirmation (ˌæfəˈmeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of affirming or the state of being affirmed
2.  a statement of the existence or truth of something; assertion
3.  law a solemn declaration permitted on grounds of conscientious objection to taking an oath

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affirmation
1530s, from Fr. affirmation (14c.), from L. affirmationem (nom. affirmatio), noun of action from affirmare (see affirm). In law, as the Quaker alternative to oath-taking, it is attested from 1690s.
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affirmation

in law, a promise by a witness concerning testimony allowed in place of an oath to those who cannot, because of conscience, swear an oath. For example, members of the Society of Friends (Quakers), Jehovah's Witnesses, and other persons who have objections against taking an oath are allowed to make affirmation in any manner they may declare to be binding upon their consciences in confirmation of the truth of their testimony.

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