the act or an instance of ; state of being .
the assertion that something exists or is true.
something that is ; a statement or proposition that is declared to be true.
confirmation or ratification of the truth or validity of a prior judgment, decision, etc.
Law. a solemn declaration accepted instead of a statement under oath.
Contemporary Examples

What I am addicted to is affirmation and validation from women.
Porn Professor Hugo Schwyzer Comes Clean About His Twitter Meltdown and Life as a Fraud Richard Abowitz August 11, 2013

Nobody wants nor needs the “affirmation” of their baker for their wedding, or anything else.
Are Opponents of Arizona’s Anti-Gay Law Eager to Deceive? Kirsten Powers March 2, 2014

It’s a stance designed to alienate Jews, whose fundamental political interest is affirmation of diversity.
Tomorrow You Can Vote Early in the Israeli Election Gershom Gorenberg November 4, 2012

Her self-confidence and self-esteem seemed boundless, buoyed by infinite belief in New Age principles of affirmation.
Our Tenant, Rielle Hunter A. L. Bardach March 15, 2010

Nor does the Bible teach that providing such a service should be construed as participation or affirmation.
Conservative Christians Selectively Apply Biblical Teachings in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate Kirsten Powers, Jonathan Merritt February 22, 2014

Historical Examples

This affirmation varies with the angle formed by the fore-arm with the arm.
Delsarte System of Oratory Various

I will test this affirmation by several and varied illustrations.
Slavery Ordained of God Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

The affirmation is an act of judgment expressed in the form of a proposition.
Mental Philosophy: Including the Intellect, Sensibilities, and Will Joseph Haven

No such solemnity of affirmation attended Aaron’s investiture.
Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews Handley C.G. Moule

Mr. Labouchere—who did all a loyal colleague could do to assist his brother member—brought in an affirmation Bill; it was blocked.
Annie Besant Annie Besant

the act of affirming or the state of being affirmed
a statement of the existence or truth of something; assertion
(law) a solemn declaration permitted on grounds of conscientious objection to taking an oath

early 15c., “assertion that something is true,” from Old French afermacion (14c.), from Latin affirmationem (nominative affirmatio) “an affirmation, solid assurance,” noun of action from past participle stem of affirmare (see affirm). In law, as the Quaker alternative to oath-taking, it is attested from 1690s.


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