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Affirma'tion. n.s. [affirmatio, Lat.]

  1. The act of affirming or declaring: opposed to negation or denial.

    This gentleman vouching, upon warrant of bloody affirmation, his to be more virtuous, and less attemptable, than any of our ladies. Shakesp. Cymbeline.

  2. The position affirmed.

    That he shall receive no benefit from Christ, is the affirmation, whereon his despair is founded; and one way of removing this dismal apprehension, is, to convince him, that Christ's death, if he perform the condition required, shall certainly belong to him. Hammond's Fundamenials.

  3. Confirmation: opposed to repeal.

    The learned in the laws of our land observe, that our statutes sometimes are only the affirmation, or ratification, of that which, by common law, was held before. Hooker.

Sources: Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Hammond, Henry (47) · Hooker, Richard (175)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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