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
  1. noun
    the act of affirming or asserting or stating something
    synonyms: assertion, statement
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    one chap's arbitrary assertion
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    speech act
    the use of language to perform some act
  2. noun
    a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something
    synonyms: 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)
  3. noun
    (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)
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    affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith
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    commitment, dedication
    a message that makes a pledge
  4. noun
    a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was correct and should stand
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    a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside
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    judgement, judgment, judicial decision
    (law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it
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