Definition of assertion in English:

assertion

noun

  • 1A confident and forceful statement of fact or belief.

    with clause ‘his assertion that his father had deserted the family’
    • ‘If not, doesn't this simply verify the assertion that such orders are a joke in this Internet age?’
    • ‘For once the assertion that this is television that will ask questions seems very likely to be true.’
    • ‘It is usually regarded as an assertion that we are all the same under the skin.’
    • ‘There may be room for the assertion that the bailiff was not tactful and that his firmness and size intimidated those in that room.’
    • ‘As for her assertion that our community leaders are working towards cohesion, I should think they are!’
    • ‘Imposing such a ban requires far more compelling logic than the assertion that we should not play God.’
    • ‘This amounts, of course, to an assertion that we can easily put aside economic law.’
    • ‘I politely disagree with the assertion that it was didactic and lengthy.’
    • ‘This is the polite version of the assertion that there is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not said it.’
    • ‘He is criticizing the assertion that to weigh more than that is to be obese.’
    • ‘This disproves the assertion that tyranny is impossible to impose on an armed population.’
    • ‘For the record, in case anyone is thinking it, the assertion that women are worse at maths is also utter rubbish.’
    • ‘The working class at home is beginning to be starved, and is being buoyed up with the assertion that this is the last great war.’
    • ‘In practice, there are many venture capitalists who will protest the assertion that all they want is to make a quick buck.’
    • ‘Moreover, the assertion that moral agency confers special moral status is itself quite debatable.’
    • ‘Each time he gets a black cube it confirms the assertion that all six cubes are black.’
    • ‘Finally, the assertion that everything happens by necessity seems to leave the whole of morality in doubt.’
    • ‘Free will, as I understand it, is the assertion that a person is the cause of their own actions.’
    • ‘This has lead to the assertion that a butterfly flapping its wings in Japan may affect the weather in Europe within a week or two.’
    • ‘That can be the only basis for the assertion that the safety issue is a myth.’
    declaration, contention, statement, claim, submission, postulation, averment, opinion, proclamation, announcement, pronouncement, assurance, attestation, affirmation, protestation, profession, swearing, insistence, avowal
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    1. 1.1mass noun The action of asserting something.
      ‘the assertion of his legal rights’
      • ‘The falsity of this assertion would have been found if it had been checked.’
      • ‘At the function that I attended, too, a number of articles spoke of this assertion on their past.’
      • ‘The critical question, in relation to the appeal, is whether this assertion is correct.’
      • ‘Whether this assertion is accurate is of course a different matter.’
      • ‘Almost every assertion is backed by a sackful of evidence, statistics or relevant quotations.’
      • ‘While this assertion appears disarmingly simple, it is profound in its implications.’
      • ‘It is this assertion which will be tested in a referendum vote, probably next March.’
      • ‘Any objective scrutiny of the list of banned organisations makes a mockery of this last assertion.’
      • ‘No documentation was produced to verify that assertion, nor was her son called as a witness at trial.’
      • ‘This last assertion is one of the simplest paradoxes of liberalism.’
      • ‘If one rejects that assertion, does the imperialism of human rights really sound so bad?’
      • ‘Anyone who disagrees with this assertion should of course be ready for my temper tantrum.’
      • ‘That was a novel and quite astounding assertion at that stage of human legal development.’
      • ‘The amount of water used to put out the twelve minute bonfire proves this assertion.’
      • ‘Nor has any evidence been made public as of this writing to justify the prime minister's assertion.’
      • ‘Experiments conducted in the field and the lab are a major basis for this assertion.’
      • ‘Many would no doubt take issue with me on that simple assertion, citing personal reasons why it is not so.’
      • ‘I showed that none of the archival references in her footnotes supported this assertion.’
      • ‘A rescue operation in May this year brutally revealed the truth of this assertion.’
      • ‘The events since the last two elections support this assertion, a point to which I will return.’
      defence, upholding
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin assertio(n-), from the verb asserere (see assert).

Pronunciation

assertion

/əˈsəːʃ(ə)n/