affirm
af·firm /ə-'fərm/ vt
1: to assert as true or factual
2: to assert (as a judgment) as valid or confirmed
affirm ed the lower court's ruling compare remand, reverse
vi
1: to make a solemn declaration under the penalties of perjury in place of swearing an oath to which one conscientiously objects
2: to uphold the judgment or actions of a lower court
the appeals court affirm ed
af·fir·mance /ə-'fər-məns/ n
af·fir·ma·tion /ˌa-fər-'mā-shən/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

affirm
I (claim) verb assert, asseverate, aver, declare to be fact, enunciate, establish, express, make a positive statement, make an assertion, proclaim, profess, pronounce, state, state positively, state with conviction II (declare solemnly) verb asseverate, attest, aver, avouch, avow, depone, depose, give oral evidence, give sworn evidence, give verbal evidence, make a solemn declaration, make an asseveration, make an attestation, make an averment, pronounce, take one's oath, testify, vouch associated concepts: affirm a contract foreign phrases:
- Affirmanti, non neganti, incumbit probatio. — The proof is borne by the person who affirms, rather than the person who denies.
- Affirmantis est probare. — He who is affirming must prove
- Ei incumbit probatio, qui dicit, non qui negat; cum per rerum naturam factum negantis probatio nulla sit. — The burden of proof lies upon him who asserts it, not upon him who denies, since, by the nature of things, he who denies a fact cannot produce any proof of it
III (uphold) verb adfirmare, approve, authenticate, certify, confirm, confirmare, endorse, establish, make firm, ratify, substantiate, support, sustain, validate, verify, vouch for, warrant associated concepts: affirm a judicial decision, affirm on appeal, affirmed in part, affirmed in whole IV index accept (assent), accredit, acknowledge (declare), admit (concede), allege, annunciate, approve, argue, assert, assure (insure), attest, authorize, avouch (avow), avow, bear (adduce), certify (attest), claim (maintain), concede, concur (agree), consent, contend (maintain), convey (communicate), corroborate, countenance, declare, depose (testify), enunciate, express, indorse, mention, notarize, pass (approve), plead (allege in a legal action), posit, profess (avow), promise (vow), reassure, remark, reveal, substantiate, support (corroborate), sustain (confirm), swear, testify, uphold, validate, verify (swear), vouch, witness (attest to)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


affirm
v.
To confirm; state as fact; ratify; to declare that a previous judgment is correct.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


affirm
An act by one court to agree with and confirm a lower court's decision.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


affirm
v.
1 To confirm, ratify, or otherwise approve a lower court's decision on appeal.
2 To solemnly declare that certain statements are true or that one will testify truthfully.
3 To make a solemn promise.
See also oath.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


affirm
To ratify, establish, or reassert. To make a solemn and formal declaration, as a substitute for an oath, that the statements contained in an affidavit are true or that a witness will tell the truth. In the practice of appellate courts, to declare a judgment, decree, or order valid and to concur in its correctness so that it must stand as rendered in the lower court. As a matter of pleading, to allege or aver a matter of fact.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


affirm
To ratify, establish, or reassert. To make a solemn and formal declaration, as a substitute for an oath, that the statements contained in an affidavit are true or that a witness will tell the truth. In the practice of appellate courts, to declare a judgment, decree, or order valid and to concur in its correctness so that it must stand as rendered in the lower court. As a matter of pleading, to allege or aver a matter of fact.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

affirm
v.
   what an appeals court does if it agrees with and confirms a lower court's decision.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Affirm — Af*firm ([a^]f*f[ e]rm ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Affirmed} ( f[ e]rmd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Affirming}.] [OE. affermen, OF. afermer, F. affirmer, affermir, fr. L. affirmare; ad + firmare to make firm, firmus firm. See {Firm}.] 1. To make firm; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Affirm — Af*firm , v. i. 1. To declare or assert positively. [1913 Webster] Not that I so affirm, though so it seem To thee, who hast thy dwelling here on earth. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) To make a solemn declaration, before an authorized magistrate …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • affirm — (v.) c.1300, from O.Fr. afermier (Mod.Fr. affirmer) affirm, confirm; strengthen, consolidate, from L. affirmare to make steady, strengthen, figuratively confirm, corroborate, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + firmare strengthen, make firm, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • affirm — profess, aver, avow, protest, avouch, declare , *assert, warrant, predicate Analogous words: attest, *certify, vouch, witness: state (see RELATE) Antonyms: deny Contrasted words: contradict, negative, traverse, gainsay (see DENY): dispute, debate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • affirm — [v] declare the truth of something assert, asseverate, attest, aver, avouch, avow, certify, cinch, clinch, confirm, cross heart, declare, guarantee, have a lock on*, ice*, insist, lock up*, maintain, nail down*, okay, predicate, profess,… …   New thesaurus

  • affirm — ► VERB 1) state emphatically or publicly. 2) Law make a formal declaration rather than taking an oath. DERIVATIVES affirmation noun. ORIGIN Latin affirmare, from firmus strong …   English terms dictionary

  • affirm — [ə fʉrm′] vt. [ME affermen < OFr affermer < L affirmare, to present as fixed < ad , to + firmare, to make firm < firmus: see FIRM1] 1. to say positively; declare firmly; assert to be true: opposed to DENY 2. to make valid; confirm;… …   English World dictionary

  • affirm — UK [əˈfɜː(r)m] / US [əˈfɜrm] verb [transitive] Word forms affirm : present tense I/you/we/they affirm he/she/it affirms present participle affirming past tense affirmed past participle affirmed 1) formal to state that something is true or that… …   English dictionary

  • 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… …   Universalium

  • affirm — verb Affirm is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑court Affirm is used with these nouns as the object: ↑belief, ↑commitment, ↑conviction, ↑decision, ↑existence, ↑faith, ↑identity, ↑importance, ↑right …   Collocations dictionary

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