Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of affirming or the state of being affirmed; assertion.
  • n. Something declared to be true; a positive statement or judgment.
  • n. Law A solemn declaration given in place of a sworn statement by a person who conscientiously objects to taking an oath.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A declaration that something is true; an oath.
  • n. A form of self-forced meditation or repetition; autosuggestion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Confirmation of anything established; ratification.
  • n. The act of affirming or asserting as true; assertion; -- opposed to negation or denial.
  • n. That which is asserted; an assertion; a positive statement; an averment.
  • n. A solemn declaration made under the penalties of perjury, by persons who conscientiously decline taking an oath, which declaration is in law equivalent to an oath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The assertion that something is, or is true; the assignment of a certain character to an object: opposed to denial or negation.
  • n. That which is affirmed; a proposition that is declared to be true; averment; assertion.
  • n. Confirmation; ratification; establishment of something of prior origin.
  • n. In law, the solemn declaration made by Quakers, Moravians, or others conscientiously opposed to taking oaths, in cases where an oath is generally required.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (religion) a solemn declaration that serves the same purpose as an oath (if an oath is objectionable to the person on religious or ethical grounds)
  • n. the act of affirming or asserting or stating something
  • n. a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something
  • n. a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was correct and should stand

Etymologies

From Old French afermacion, from Latin affirmare ("to assert"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One reason for this affirmation is that it was believed that only a Christian would understand that government office holder is responsible to God.

    Think Progress » Portugal’s parliament approves same-sex marriage.

  • As in affirmation; or even in “To sleep, perchance to dream.”

    Perils of pop philosophy

  • First of all the Inquisition was historically after the caliphate, but the affirmation is also wrong in its contents.

    Islam

  • Nearly every essay contained a nugget of truth so close to my own experience that I found myself nodding in affirmation, or shaking my head in wonderment.

    It’s Only Me

  • I scruple a bit to put it quite this way, but it is astonishing sometimes to think what an extraordinary opportunity the 9/11 attacks presented — an opportunity to rally not just the country but the whole of a sympathetic liberal West (and anyone else who was game) in affirmation of the shared values that distinguish us from fanatical theocrats: pluralism, freedom of speech, secular government, democracy, reason, the rule of law.

    All Quiet on the Western Front

  • “I scruple a bit to put it quite this way, but it is astonishing sometimes to think what an extraordinary opportunity the 9/11 attacks presented — an opportunity to rally not just the country but the whole of a sympathetic liberal West (and anyone else who was game) in affirmation of the shared values that distinguish us from fanatical theocrats: pluralism, freedom of speech, secular government, democracy, reason, the rule of law”

    All Quiet on the Western Front

  • On the other hand, as wonderful as Beethoven's 9th is, it can be placed into sundry contexts and the affirmation is just as strong.

    Object lesson

  • I wonder if anything approaching this kind of love and affirmation is possible in “real life”.

    My Artist Dreams

  • Ever caring, ever sharing, and hospitable, Oaxacans each year graciously receive thousands of strangers eager to witness their ceremonies in affirmation of life and what comes after.

    Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca

  • They all cast about for a name, and choose largely in affirmation of some self-proclamation.

    2002 August archive at cvillenews.com

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