avowal

[uh-vou-uhl]
noun
an open statement of affirmation; frank acknowledgment or admission.

Origin:
1720–30; avow + -al2

preavowal, noun
reavowal, noun
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avow (əˈvaʊ)
 
vb
1.  to state or affirm
2.  to admit openly
3.  rare law to justify or maintain (some action taken)
 
[C13: from Old French avouer to confess, from Latin advocāre to appeal to, call upon; see avouch, advocate]
 
a'vowable
 
adj
 
a'vowal
 
n
 
avowed
 
adj
 
avowedly
 
adv
 
a'vower
 
n

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Appellant's avowal testimony, taken without an oath in the presence of a judge, was not uncontradicted evidence of perjury.
Distrust-a dubiety of commitment and avowal-is his ground note.
After a long struggle the avowal is made, but not in words.
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