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[uh-sur-shuh n] /əˈsɜr ʃən/

a positive statement or declaration, often without support or reason:
a mere assertion; an unwarranted assertion.
an act of .
a positive statement, usually made without an attempt at furnishing evidence
the act of asserting

early 15c., assercioun, from Middle French assertion (14c.) or directly from Late Latin assertionem (nominative assertio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin asserere “claim rights over something, state, maintain, affirm,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + serere “join” (see series). By “joining oneself” to a particular view, one “claimed” or “maintained” it.


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