Definition of affirmation in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action or process of affirming something.

    ‘he nodded in affirmation’
    count noun ‘an affirmation of basic human values’
    • ‘An enormous impetus behind this interest was the kind of parental affirmation that it received.’
    • ‘For them, Birthright was a powerful, emotional affirmation of everything they already believed.’
    • ‘The girl was silent for a moment, then she nodded, grunting in affirmation.’
    • ‘What might seem like skepticism ends up as affirmation because of the poet's commitment to honesty.’
    • ‘I think the point is that the youth is in a situation in which the symbols of courage and affirmation have inevitably become twisted.’
    • ‘I guess I need to make some sort of affirmation to myself.’
    • ‘Each person is seen as trapped within his or her own private bubble, in constant need of affirmation and recognition.’
    • ‘Girls feel enhanced by continuous social affirmation while boys feel diminished.’
    • ‘It has also been a period of greater affirmation of human consciousness.’
    • ‘The officers nodded in affirmation and pulled out their guns.’
    • ‘Trying to bring her own emotions back under control, she nodded her head in affirmation.’
    • ‘Leigh nodded in affirmation and made his way back to the car.’
    • ‘Human life should be a search for meaning, but meaning only comes through affirmation.’
    • ‘Friends usually do have something to gain from each other, be it companionship or affirmation of existence.’
    • ‘The constant affirmation throughout the play is keeping the lines of communication open.’
    • ‘The nun's words were punctuated silently by her sisters' nods of affirmation.’
    • ‘The other guard nodded in affirmation and began to head down towards the bathroom.’
    • ‘The most difficult young people are often the most damaged young people, the most in need of affirmation and support and love.’
    • ‘He looked inquisitively at his future sister-in-law and she nodded in affirmation.’
    • ‘They did this in various ways, an example being the investment in university education and the social affirmation that went with it.’
    assertion, declaration, statement, proclamation, pronouncement, attestation, assurance
    confirmation, ratification, endorsement, defence
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    1. 1.1Law count noun A formal declaration by a person who declines to take an oath.
      • ‘Magistrates upon appointment take oaths or make affirmations in the same form as Justices of this Court and the members of other federal courts.’
      • ‘This was treated by both sides as a direction that affidavits or affirmations were to be evidence at this trial, even though the deponents did not attend for cross-examination.’
      • ‘Are you prepared to take the oath, or will you make an affirmation?’
      • ‘Perhaps we might also ask whether he will take an oath or make an affirmation in respect of those matters of fact which he is going to put before us.’
      • ‘This is what he said we must do: ‘We need to make our agenda clear in a review of the oaths and affirmations.’’
  • 2Emotional support or encouragement.

    ‘the lack of one or both parents' affirmation leaves some children emotionally crippled’
    • ‘Some kids desperately wanted affirmation for each scribbled line; others wanted to team up with buddies to horse around or draw baseball players.’
    • ‘You're thinking I'm not secure because I want affirmations.’
    • ‘Again and again she repeated that she was a "good girl" as if she needed the affirmation.’
    • ‘It's really a great affirmation to get that level of feedback on a person-to-person basis.’
    • ‘Pledging my affirmation to Australia is probably one of the most mature things I've ever done.’
    • ‘Readers might be looking for entertainment, information, affirmation or help.’
    • ‘This also makes them ideal for artists or art students seeking inspiration or affirmation.’
    • ‘The best salespeople, meanwhile, were impatient and aggressive, and needed a lot of affirmation and encouragement.’
    • ‘But I want the human touch, the human affirmation, the human truth of real love.’
    • ‘At the same time, editorial boards must decide whether it's in the best interests of their organizations to risk the tacit affirmation they seemingly give by running recruitment ads.’
    • ‘Your dog should respond to your dominance with a submissive gesture, which is stopping the unwanted behaviour then licking their lips or looking directly at you to seek affirmation.’
    • ‘Hardly had I driven it down the road than it attracted waves and nods of affirmation from pedestrians and drivers alike.’
    • ‘The problem occurs when we demand affirmation regardless of whether it's called for.’
    • ‘For these boys the organisation had already become a support group, a place of refuge, a source of affirmation in their journey to adulthood.’
    • ‘By blogging, I can leap beyond this place and get affirmation for saying things that would only otherwise have gotten me glares and shunning.’
    • ‘Both groups emphasized prosocial behavior and need for affirmation.’
    • ‘And they need the affirmation from relationships with parents and other adults.’
    • ‘As her correspondence indicates, Hurston consulted with Boas frequently, seeking his advice and affirmation.’
    • ‘As old as I am, anything positive as in a positive affirmation from my father means so much to me.’
    • ‘Readers will experience the love and reverence Walter Mosley has crafted into this encouragement affirmation of all humanity.’


Late Middle English: from Latin affirmatio(n-), from the verb affirmare (see affirm).