- The definition of affirm is to state something to be true.
To show proof of one's age and date of birth for the purchase of alcohol is an example of to affirm.
- to say positively; declare firmly; assert to be true
- to make valid; confirm; uphold; ratify (a law, decision, or judgment)
Origin of affirmMiddle English affermen ; from Old French affermer ; from Classical Latin affirmare, to present as fixed ; from ad-, to + firmare, to make firm ; from firmus: see firm
verbaf·firmed, af·firm·ing, af·firms
- To declare positively; assert to be true: a philosopher affirming the existence of free will; a document affirming that each student has completed the course.
- To declare support for or belief in: affirm the right to self-determination.
- Law To rule (a court decision) to have been correct; confirm: The Supreme Court affirmed the lower court's decision.
verb, intransitive Law
Origin of affirmMiddle English affermen, from Old French afermer, from Latin affirmāre : ad-, ad- + firmāre, to strengthen (from firmus, strong; see dher- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present affirms or (archaic) affirmeth, present participle affirming, simple past and past participle affirmed)
- To agree, verify or concur; to answer positively.
- She affirmed that she would go when I asked her.
- To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to maintain as true.
- To support or encourage.
- They did everything they could to affirm the children's self-confidence.
- To make firm; to confirm, or ratify; especially (law) to assert or confirm, as a judgment, decree, or order, brought before an appelate court for review.
affirm - Legal Definition
- To confirm, ratify, or otherwise approve a lower court’s decision on appeal.
- To solemnly declare that certain statements are true or that one will testify truthfully.
- To make a solemn promise. See also oath.