Pronunciation: (u-fûrm'), [key]
1. to state or assert positively; maintain as true: to affirm one's loyalty to one's country; He affirmed that all was well.
2. to confirm or ratify: The appellate court affirmed the judgment of the lower court.
3. to assert solemnly: He affirmed his innocence.
4. to express agreement with or commitment to; uphold; support: to affirm human rights.
a. to state something solemnly before a court or magistrate, but without oath.
b. to ratify and accept a voidable transaction.
c. (of an appellate court) to determine that the action of the lower court shall stand.
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