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What does "Affirmation" mean?

Definition

(n.) A solemn declaration made under the penalties of perjury, by persons who conscientiously decline taking an oath, which declaration is in law equivalent to an oath (n.) Confirmation of anything established; ratification; as, the affirmation of a law (n.) That which is asserted; an assertion; a positive statement; an averment; as, an affirmation, by the vender, of title to property sold, or of its quality (n.) The act of affirming or asserting as true; assertion; -- opposed to negation or denial


Synonyms assertion, statement, avowal