Pronunciation: (af"ur-mā'shun), [key]
1. the act or an instance of affirming; state of being affirmed.
2. the assertion that something exists or is true.
3. something that is affirmed; a statement or proposition that is declared to be true.
4. confirmation or ratification of the truth or validity of a prior judgment, decision, etc.
5. Law.a solemn declaration accepted instead of a statement under oath.
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