to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner.
Law. to allege as a fact.
The landlady was thus justified in averring that something had been done by somebody, albeit unable to point to anything specific.
Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
This he at first declined to do, averring that it was impossible to be elected.
The Life Of Abraham Lincoln Ward H. Lamon
Their adversaries denied it, averring that, as a class, they were “contented and happy.”
The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
averring that, in satisfaction of all tithes the customary annual sum of 20s.
The Church of Grasmere Mary L. Armitt
averring that the problem was national in scope, he asserted the constitutional authority of Congress to solve it.
The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922 Various
I think he is under a mistake in averring that there is any severity in the sheath spur.
Ladies on Horseback Nannie Lambert
On their return, he bade her lie down on the sofa in her boudoir and rest, averring that she looked languid and unlike herself.
Elsie’s New Relations Martha Finley
What if they did unite, afterward, in averring that the break had been planned by Winwood?
The Jacket (The Star-Rover) Jack London
Darnall answered, averring in his answer that he was a free man, and capable of conveying a good title.
Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments Various
He promised him safe-conduct, averring that he had other means of gaining fame than by killing a man like him.
The Story of Norway Hjalmar H. Boyesen
verb (transitive) avers, averring, averred
to state positively; assert
(law) to allege as a fact or prove to be true
late 14c., from Old French averer “verify,” from Vulgar Latin *adverare “make true, prove to be true,” from Latin ad- “to” (see ad-) + verus “true” (see very). Related: Averred; averring.
to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner. Law. to allege as a fact. Contemporary Examples Although di Giovanni had longed to be a mother, she was “not a very natural” one, she avers. Of Love and War Penelope Rowlands October 24, 2011 Historical Examples Three drops, he avers, of […]
having a strong feeling of opposition, antipathy, repugnance, etc.; opposed: He is not averse to having a drink now and then. Contemporary Examples In Iraq, there is a real concern over the emergence of Alnusra Front and Salafists who are most averse to Shiites in the region. The Future Uncertain: An Iraqi on His Country […]
having a strong feeling of opposition, antipathy, repugnance, etc.; opposed: He is not averse to having a drink now and then. adjective (postpositive) usually foll by to. opposed, disinclined, or loath (of leaves, flowers, etc) turned away from the main stem Compare adverse (sense 4) adj. mid-15c., “turned away in mind or feeling,” from Old […]
- Aversive conditioning
a type of behavior conditioning in which noxious stimuli are associated with undesirable or unwanted behavior that is to be modified or abolished, as the use of nausea-inducing drugs in the treatment of alcoholism.