1. The act of affirming or the state of being affirmed; assertion.
2. Something declared to be true; a positive statement or judgment.
3. A statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, especially when used for the purpose of autosuggestion.
4. Law The assertion that the testimony one gives is true and equivalent to that which would be given while under oath.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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