affirm

affirmable, adj.affirmably, adv.affirmer, n.affirmingly, adv.
/euh ferrm"/, v.t.
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.
v.i.
5. Law.
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.
[1300-50; < L affirmare, equiv. to af- AF- + firmare to make firm (see FIRM1); r. ME a(f)fermen < MF afermer < L]
Syn. 1. aver, asseverate, depose, testify. See declare. 2. approve, endorse.
Ant. 1. deny.

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