Verb affirm Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


affirm (third-person singular simple present affirms, present participle affirming, simple past and past participle affirmed)

  1. To agree, verify or concur; to answer positively.
  2. To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to maintain as true.
  3. To support or encourage.
  4. To make firm; to confirm, or ratify; especially (law) to assert or confirm, as a judgment, decree, or order, brought before an appellate court for review.

More definition: state or assert positively; maintain as true, to affirm one's loyalty to one's country; He affirmed that all was well. confirm or ratify, The appellate court affirmed the judgment of the lower court. assert solemnly, He affirmed his innocence. express agreement with or commitment to; uphold; support, to affirm human rights.

5.Law. to state something solemnly before a court or magistrate, but without oath. to ratify and accept a voidable transaction. (of an appellate court) to determine that the action of the lower court shall stand.

1. (may take a clause as object) to declare to be true; assert positively

2. to uphold, confirm, or ratify

3. (intransitive) (law) to make an affirmation Derived Formsaffirmer, affirmant, noun Word OriginC14, via Old French from Latin affirmāre to present (something) as firm or fixed, assert, from ad- to + firmāre to make firm1Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
c.1300, from Old French afermier (Modern French affirmer) "affirm, confirm; strengthen, consolidate," from Latin affirmare "to make steady, strengthen," figuratively "confirm, corroborate," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + firmare "strengthen, make firm," from firmus "strong" (see firm (adj.)). Spelling refashioned 16c. in French and English on Latin model. Related, Affirmed; affirming.


- we must agree with those historians of religion who affirm that the world has known only a single living monotheism, viz.

The universe exists - or, as otherwise stated, the universe is " contingent " - therefore, even without detailed knowledge of different universes, we can affirm that it must be caused, and in its " Great First Cause " we recognize God.'

Through Condillac, the inconsistencies were purged out, and materialism was ready for the next comer to affirm - though it may be said with R.

This last clause does not affirm the immortality of the soul; it is simply an explanation of what becomes of the vital principle (the" breath of life "of Gen.

This saying appears to imply a settled life in Canaan, but both affirm the warlike significance of Yahweh and the ark.

In opposition to this Eutyches went so far as to affirm that after the union of the two natures, the human and the divine, Christ had only one nature, that of the incarnate Word, and that therefore His human body was essentially different from other human bodies.

They equally affirm that the so-called representative image is the sole reality, and discard as unthinkable the unperceiving material cause of the philosophers.

The implications of such a view were first clearly apparent when Hume showed that on the basis of it there seemed to be nothing that we could confidently affirm except the order of our own impressions and ideas.

Worshipping God in the spirit, they affirm that the outward Church and all that is performed in it and concerns it has no importance for them.

To have originated in the island itself), but whose name, we are told, might pass for a dialectic form of their own, did not the ancient writers expressly affirm them to be a wholly distinct people, akin to the Iberians.

It is this unity of apperception which enables us to combine the data of more than one sense, to affirm reality, unreality, identity, difference, unity, plurality and so forth, as also the good, the beautiful and their contraries.

For, if the ultimate ground, of obligation lay in a refined sensitiveness to differences between right and wrong, what should be said to a man who might affirm that, just as he had no ear for music, he was insensitive to ethical differences commonly recognized ?

Naude that he has committed more faults than he has discovered in Cardan, and with Charles Nisard that his object seems to be to deny all that Cardan affirms and to affirm all that Cardan denies.

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