Definition of affirmation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌafərˈmāSH(ə)n/


1The action or process of affirming something or being affirmed: he nodded in affirmation an affirmation of basic human values
More example sentences
  • Girls feel enhanced by continuous social affirmation while boys feel diminished.
  • The girl was silent for a moment, then she nodded, grunting in affirmation.
  • The nun's words were punctuated silently by her sisters' nods of affirmation.
declaration, statement, assertion, proclamation, pronouncement, attestation;
oath, avowal, guarantee, pledge;
formal averment, asseveration
confirmation, ratification, endorsement
1.1 Law A formal declaration by a person who declines to take an oath for reasons of conscience.
Example sentences
  • Perhaps we might also ask whether he will take an oath or make an affirmation in respect of those matters of fact which he is going to put before us.
  • This was treated by both sides as a direction that affidavits or affirmations were to be evidence at this trial, even though the deponents did not attend for cross-examination.
  • Magistrates upon appointment take oaths or make affirmations in the same form as Justices of this Court and the members of other federal courts.
2Emotional support or encouragement: the lack of one or both parents' affirmation leaves some children emotionally crippled
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  • Readers might be looking for entertainment, information, affirmation or help.
  • Some kids desperately wanted affirmation for each scribbled line; others wanted to team up with buddies to horse around or draw baseball players.
  • This also makes them ideal for artists or art students seeking inspiration or affirmation.


Late Middle English: from Latin affirmation-, from the verb affirmare (see affirm).

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Syllabification: af·firm·a·tion

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