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4 definitions found
 for Affirmation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Affirmation \Af`fir*ma"tion\, n. [L. affirmatio: cf. F.
     affirmation.]
     1. Confirmation of anything established; ratification; as,
        the affirmation of a law. --Hooker.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The act of affirming or asserting as true; assertion; --
        opposed to negation or denial.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. That which is asserted; an assertion; a positive
        statement; an averment; as, an affirmation, by the vender,
        of title to property sold, or of its quality.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. (Law) 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.
        --Bouvier.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  affirmation
      n 1: a statement asserting the existence or the truth of
           something [syn: avowal, avouchment, affirmation]
      2: the act of affirming or asserting or stating something [syn:
         affirmation, assertion, statement]
      3: (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)
      4: a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower
         court was correct and should stand [ant: reversal]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  162 Moby Thesaurus words for "affirmation":
     John Hancock, OK, Parthian shot, a priori principle, acceptance,
     accord, acquiescence, address, admission, affidavit, affirmance,
     affirmative, affirmative voice, agreement, allegation, answer,
     apostrophe, approbation, approval, apriorism, assent, assertion,
     asseveration, assumed position, assumption, attest, attestation,
     authentication, authorization, averment, avouchment, avowal, axiom,
     aye, backing, backing up, basis, bearing out, blessing, bolstering,
     buttressing, categorical proposition, certification,
     circumstantiation, comment, compliance, compurgation, confirmation,
     connivance, consent, corroboration, corroboratory evidence,
     countersignature, crack, data, declaration, deposition, dictum,
     disclosure, documentation, eagerness, endorsement, exclamation,
     expression, first principles, fortification, foundation, go-ahead,
     green light, greeting, ground, hypothesis, hypothesis ad hoc,
     imprimatur, instrument in proof, interjection, legal evidence,
     lemma, major premise, mention, minor premise, nod, notarization,
     notarized statement, note, observation, okay, permission,
     philosopheme, philosophical proposition, phrase, position,
     postulate, postulation, postulatum, premise, presupposition,
     profession, promptitude, promptness, pronouncement, proof,
     proposition, propositional function, proving, proving out,
     question, ratification, readiness, reflection, reinforcement,
     remark, rubber stamp, sanction, say, saying, seal, sentence, sigil,
     signature, signet, stamp, stamp of approval, statement,
     statement under oath, strengthening, subjoinder, submission,
     subscription, substantiation, sumption, support,
     supporting evidence, supposal, swearing, sworn evidence,
     sworn statement, sworn testimony, testimonial, testimonium,
     testimony, the nod, theorem, thesis, thought, truth table,
     truth-function, truth-value, undergirding, ungrudgingness,
     unloathness, unreluctance, utterance, validation, verification,
     visa, vise, vouching, warrant, willingness, witness, word
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  AFFIRMATION, practice. A solemn declaration and asseveration, which a
  witness makes before an officer, competent to administer an oath in a like
  case, to tell the truth, as if be had been sworn.
       2. In the United States, generally, all witnesses who declare
  themselves conscientiously scrupulous against taking a corporal oath, are
  permitted to make a solemn affirmation, and this in all cases, as well
  criminal as civil.
       3. In England, laws have been enacted which partially relieve persons
  who, have conscientious scruples against taking an oath, and authorize them
  to make affirmation. In France, the laws which allow freedom of religious
  opinion, have received the liberal construction that all persons are to be
  sworn or affirmed according to the dictates of their consciences; and a
  quaker's affirmation has been received and held of the same effect as an
  oath. Merl. Quest. de Droit, mot Serment, Sec. 1.
       4. The form is to this effect: "You, A B, do solemnly, sincerely, and
  truly declare and affirm," &c. For the violation of the truth in such case,
  the witness is subject to the punishment of perjury as if he had been sworn.
       5. Affirmation also means confirming; as, an affirmative statute.
  
  

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