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