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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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