from The Century Dictionary.

  • Serving to confirm; giving additional strength, force, or stability, or additional assurance or evidence.
  • Pertaining to the rite of confirmation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Serving to confirm; corroborative.
  • adjective Pertaining to the rite of confirmation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective That which confirms, as one's word.

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

  • adjective serving to support or corroborate


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