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 for assertion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Assertion \As*ser"tion\, n. [L. assertio, fr. asserere.]
     1. The act of asserting, or that which is asserted; positive
        declaration or averment; affirmation; statement asserted;
        position advanced.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              There is a difference between assertion and
              demonstration.                        --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Maintenance; vindication; as, the assertion of one's
        rights or prerogatives.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  assertion
      n 1: a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no
           supporting evidence were necessary) [syn: assertion,
           averment, asseveration]
      2: the act of affirming or asserting or stating something [syn:
         affirmation, assertion, statement]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  107 Moby Thesaurus words for "assertion":
     Parthian shot, a priori principle, address, admission, affidavit,
     affirmance, affirmation, allegation, announcement, annunciation,
     answer, apostrophe, apriorism, asseveration, assumed position,
     assumption, attest, attestation, averment, avouchment, avowal,
     axiom, basis, categorical proposition, comment, compurgation,
     conclusion, confirmation, contention, crack, creed, data,
     declaration, deposition, dictum, disclosure, enunciation,
     exclamation, expression, first principles, foundation, greeting,
     ground, hypothesis, hypothesis ad hoc, insistence,
     instrument in proof, interjection, ipse dixit, legal evidence,
     lemma, major premise, manifesto, mention, minor premise, note,
     observation, philosopheme, philosophical proposition, phrase,
     position, position paper, positive declaration, postulate,
     postulation, postulatum, predicate, predication, premise,
     presupposition, proclamation, profession, pronouncement,
     proposition, propositional function, protest, protestation,
     question, reflection, remark, representation, say, say-so, saying,
     sentence, stance, stand, statement, subjoinder, sumption, supposal,
     sworn evidence, sworn statement, sworn testimony, testimonial,
     testimonium, testimony, theorem, thesis, thought, truth table,
     truth-function, truth-value, utterance, vouch, witness, word
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  assertion
  
      1. An expression which, if false, indicates an
     error.  Assertions are used for debugging by catching
     can't happen errors.
  
     2. In logic programming, a new fact or rule added to the
     database by the program at run time.  This is an
     extralogical or impure feature of logic programming
     languages.
  
     (1997-06-30)
  

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