Definition of affidavit in English:



  • A written statement confirmed by oath or affirmation, for use as evidence in court.

    ‘a former employee swore an affidavit relating to his claim for unfair dismissal’
    • ‘The appellant's solicitor swore an affidavit as to why the witnesses were not called at the trial.’
    • ‘Put another way, it is the content of his affidavit or statement which determines the assertion.’
    • ‘When carrying out the enquiry the Court acts upon affidavits rather than oral evidence.’
    • ‘Would you read onto the record the affidavits that contain the evidentiary material that is before us?’
    • ‘Although late in delivering the affidavits of documents the affidavits have now been delivered.’
    testimony, statement, sworn statement, attestation, declaration, avowal, plea, submission, claim, contention, charge, allegation
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Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin, literally ‘he has stated on oath’, from affidare.