An affirmation is a big fat YES, an assertion that something is true.

Affirmations can show up in court, or taped to the walls of people who need reassurance. In court, it's a judgment from a higher court that agrees with one from a lower one, or something a religious person who doesn't want to take an oath can use. Quakers use affirmations on the stand instead of swearing, because they always speak plainly. It means to assure, or agree, so you might find affirmations like "You're awesome!" or "Lookin' good" taped to the mirror of people who need to chin up.

Definitions of affirmation

n the act of affirming or asserting or stating something

assertion, statement
one chap's arbitrary assertion
Type of:
speech act
the use of language to perform some act

n a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something

avouchment, avowal
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reaffirmation, reassertion
renewed affirmation
professing, profession
an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion
a reply of affirmation
an affirmative
an affirmative
double negative
an affirmative constructed from two negatives
Type of:
assertion, asseveration, averment
a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)

n (religion) a solemn declaration that serves the same purpose as an oath (if an oath is objectionable to the person on religious or ethical grounds)

affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith
Type of:
commitment, dedication
a message that makes a pledge

n a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was correct and should stand

a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside
Type of:
judgement, judgment, judicial decision
(law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it

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