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[kon-fer-mey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn fərˈmeɪ ʃən/
the act of confirming.
the state of being confirmed.
something that confirms, as a corroborative statement or piece of evidence:
His birth certificate served as confirmation of his citizenship.
a rite administered to baptized persons, in some churches as a sacrament for confirming and strengthening the recipient in the Christian faith, in others as a rite without sacramental character by which the recipient is admitted to full communion with the church.
a solemn ceremony among Reform and certain Conservative Jews that is held in the synagogue, usually on Shavuoth, to admit formally as adult members of the Jewish community Jewish boys and girls 14 to 16 years of age who have successfully completed a prescribed course of study in Judaism.
Origin of confirmation
1275-1325; Middle English < Latin confirmātiōn- stem of confirmātiō. See confirm, -ation
Related forms
confirmational, adjective
nonconfirmation, noun
preconfirmation, noun
reconfirmation, noun
self-confirmation, noun
superconfirmation, noun Unabridged
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  • There has been no official confirmation since of his whereabouts.
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  • confirmation of orbit insertion came about ten minutes later.
  • Hammer's paper simply adds human genotypic confirmation to the above phenotypic evidence.
  • Archaeopteryx was the first feathered dinosaur ever discovered and was a confirmation that birds had evolved from reptiles.
  • At the time the vote is cast, a confirmation number slip is printed.
  • But the bizarre new find finally provides concrete confirmation.
  • Target practice is a visual confirmation of how close you got.
  • It is confirmation of an event many of us have been wondering about and dreading for months.
British Dictionary definitions for confirmation


the act of confirming
something that confirms; verification
a rite in several Christian churches that confirms a baptized person in his or her faith and admits him or her to full participation in the church
(in the philosophy of science) the relationship between an observation and the theory which it supposedly renders more probable Compare hypothetico-deductive
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Word Origin and History for confirmation

c.1300, confyrmacyoun, the Church rite, from Old French confirmacion (13c.) "strengthening, confirmation; proof; ratification," from Latin confirmationem (nominative confirmatio) "a securing, establishing; an assurance, encouragement," noun of action from confirmare (see confirm). As a legal action, "verification, proof," from late 14c.; as "action of making sure," from late 15c.

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