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(Latin: strong, hard, solid; steadfast or unwavering in purpose, loyalty, or resolve)

affirm (uh FUHRM) (verb), affirms; affirmed; affirming
1. To declare positively that something is true: "She affirmed that her son told the truth."
2. To declare support or admiration for someone or something: "The government affirmed its commitment to solve the financial problems."
3. To declare positively, or firmly, to maintain that something is true.
4. To state something as a fact and so to assert strongly and publicly.
5. To make a statement formally in court, but not under oath: "She affirmed that she was telling the truth and nothing but the truth."
affirmable (uh FUHRM uh buhl) (adjective), more affirmable, most affirmable
That which can be agreed to, verified, or concurred with; to answer positively: Harry's affirmable sister, Henrietta, was willing to help him clean up his apartment after the party.
affirmation (af" uhr MAY shuhn) (s) (noun), affirmations (pl)
1. An assertion of support or agreement.
2. A positive statement, or the declaration, of the truth or existence of something.
3. A formal declaration acceptable in a court, usually made by someone who has a conscientious objection to taking an oath: The Constitution of the U.S. provides for an oath or an affirmation by officeholders.
4. A confirmation, or ratification, of the truth or validity of a prior judgment, decision, etc.
affirmative (uh FUR muh tiv) (adjective)
1. A reference to confirming, or asserting, that something is true or correct: When little Jimmy asked if he could have another serving of ice cream, his mother made an affirmative answer of "yes".
2. Relating to indicating or giving assent or approval; a confirmation: The people made an affirmative vote for the new tax cut.
3. Descriptive of a positive or an optimistic attitude: Shirley had an affirmative outlook regarding her career as an actress.
affirmative action
Action favoring those who tend to suffer from discrimination; especially, in relation to employment, politics, or education.
affirmatively
1. Positively; on the affirmative side of a question; opposed to negatively.
2. Agreeing with, or consenting to, a statement or request.
confirm
1. To verify the truth or validity of something thought to be true or valid: "Additional discoveries have been confirmed in recent testimonies."
2. To make certain that a tentative arrangement or one made earlier is firm: "He called the restaurant to confirm the reservation for dinner."
3. To ratify or to make something valid with a formal or legal act; such as, his decision was confirmed.
4. In Judaism and Christianity, to admit someone into full membership of a religious body or community.
confirmable (adjective)
1. That which may be confirmed, established, or ratified.
2. Capable of being made more certain.
confirmation
1. The act of verifying or ratifying something.
2. Something that supports, validates, or verifies something else: "He said it was a confirmation of his worst thoughts."
3. In Christianity, a religious ceremony that marks someone's formal acceptance into a church.
4. In Reform Judaism, a ceremony that marks the completion of someone's religious training and entry into full adult membership of the community.
confirmative
Serving to support or to corroborate (strengthen or support with other evidence; to make more certain).
confirmatively
A reference to a tendency to confirm or to establish something as being true or untrue.
confirmatory
1. That which is established as the truth or correctness of something.
2. To state with assurance that something is true.
confirmed
1. Having been ratified; verified.
2. Having received the rite of confirmation.
disaffirm
1. To deny, to contradict, or to assert the contrary of something with reference to that which has been asserted.
2. To say that something is not true or that the opposite of it is true.
3. To alter a legal decision, or to refuse to recognize or acknowledge something formally.
firm
1. A group of people who form a commercial organization selling goods or services.
2. Compact and solid when pressed; such as, a firm mattress.
3. Fixed securely and unlikely to give way.
4. Showing certainty or determination; in a determined and unshakable way.