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confirmed

[kuh n-furmd] /kənˈfɜrmd/
adjective
1.
made certain as to truth, accuracy, validity, availability, etc.:
confirmed reports of new fighting at the front; confirmed reservations on the three o'clock flight to Denver.
2.
settled; ratified.
3.
firmly established in a habit or condition; inveterate:
a confirmed bachelor.
4.
given additional determination; made resolute.
5.
having received the religious rite of confirmation.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English confermyd. See confirm, -ed2
Related forms
confirmedly
[kuh n-fuhr-mid-lee] /kənˈfʌr mɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
confirmedness
[kuh n-fur-mid-nis, -furmd-] /kənˈfɜr mɪd nɪs, -ˈfɜrmd-/ (Show IPA),
noun
unconfirmed, adjective
well-confirmed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for confirmedness

confirmed

/kənˈfɜːmd/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) long-established in a habit, way of life, etc: a confirmed bachelor
2.
having received the rite of confirmation
3.
(of a disease) another word for chronic
Derived Forms
confirmedly (kənˈfɜːmɪdlɪ) adverb
confirmedness (kənˈfɜːmɪdnɪs; -ˈfɜːmd-) noun
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Word Origin and History for confirmedness

confirmed

adj.

late 14c., of diseases, "firmly established," past participle adjective from confirm. Of persons and their habits, from 1826.

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