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  • Affirmation, approving. Old Roman
    Affirmation, approving. Old Roman
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Affirmant One who affirms or asserts.
    • Affirmant (Law) One who affirms, instead of taking an oath.
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Affirmation, approbation. N.A. Indian Affirmation, approbation. N.A. Indian
Yes, affirmation. Dakota Yes, affirmation. Dakota

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n affirmant One who affirms or asserts.
    • n affirmant In law, one who makes affirmation instead of taking an oath.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Affirmant —also n., one who affirms
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  • Claude M. Bristol
    “It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
  • Florence Scovel Shinn
    Florence Scovel Shinn
    “You will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success. This is done by making an affirmation which clicks.”
  • John Burroughs
    “It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.”
  • Henry S. Haskins
    Henry S. Haskins
    “The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively, but says nothing.”
  • Simone Weil
    “The mysteries of faith are degraded if they are made into an object of affirmation and negation, when in reality they should be an object of contemplation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. affirmans, -antis, p. pr. See Affirm
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. afermer—L. affirmāread, firmus, firm. See Firm.


In literature:

Deny weakness and affirm strength, deny discord and affirm harmony, deny sickness and affirm health.
"The Right Knock" by Helen Van-Anderson
It takes the facts of attraction as they stand, and affirms only the constancy of working-power.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
We do not subscribe to the doctrine that the Constitution expressly affirms the right of property in slaves.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Quality: Affirmative, negative, infinite.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
It is fanciful to affirm that he would have been pleased to assist in turning aside the final shock of ruin.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Parmenides finds this object to be the content of pure affirmation.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
When we know nothing we can neither affirm nor deny with propriety.
"Theism or Atheism" by Chapman Cohen
The ultimate affirmative position is that of conscious union with the source of life.
"The Hidden Power" by Thomas Troward
Of course Leon replied in the affirmative.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
We affirmed that they were nice, harmless things to play with.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
Positive science, indeed, may pride itself on the uniform value attributed to its affirmations in the whole field of experience.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
There is an affirmation, then negation; impulse, then inhibition.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
Herbert Spencer affirms that space is eternal and has always existed.
"The Universe a Vast Electric Organism" by George Woodward Warder
The porter affirmed positively that he had seen six hundred thousand of 'em!
"The Soul of Susan Yellam" by Horace Annesley Vachell
She answered affirmatively in a strong voice.
"Joan Thursday" by Louis Joseph Vance
With regard to the cause of volcanic action much has been speculated, but little can be confidently affirmed.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 6" by Various
Colonel Brigham replied in the affirmative, adding that just then there were no guests in the house.
"Pencil Sketches" by Eliza Leslie
The page, having nodded in the affirmative, kissed his hand again and went out.
"Count Brühl" by Joseph Kraszewski
I affirm, he is better to be taken inwardly than a collar of brawn.
"Three Hours after Marriage" by John Gay
It is, indeed, impossible to deny without affirming; denial that two and two make five affirms that they make four.
"The Life Of Thomas Paine, Vol. II. (of II)" by Moncure Daniel Conway

In poetry:

From me alone the law does crave,
What grace affirms in Christ I have:
When therefore law-pursuits inthral,
I send the law to grace for all.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
'Who affirms that crystals are alive?'
I affirm it, let who will deny:
Crystals are engendered, wax and thrive,
Wane and wither; I have seen them die.
"Snow" by John Davidson
"Yes . . ." that peculiar
affirmative. "Yes . . ."
A sharp, indrawn breath,
half groan, half acceptance,
that means "Life's like that.
We know it (also death)."
"The Moose" by Elizabeth Bishop
No change do Thy promises know,
And with truth's glow our hearts they affirm;
Thou so dost punish should one offend,
That in him Thy sacred suffering works gain.
"Song I" by Mikolaj Sep Szarzynski
What with affirming, denying,
Holding, risposting, subjoining,
All's like… it's like… for an instance I'm trying…
There! See our roof, its gilt moulding and groining
Under those spider-webs lying!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning
Why all this vain debate? The Landgrave's brief
Affirms the Jews fling poison in the wells.
Shall we stand by and leave them unmolested,
Till they have made our town a wilderness?
I say, Death to the Jews!
"The Dance To Death. Act IV" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

The Supreme Court will review racial profiling affirmative action.
5, "Witchcraft," a piece of self-affirmation via white magic that sprawls out over 10 minutes.
Citing hearsay rules, the Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a trial court's finding that the state may not introduce into evidence statements that could implicate a man who is facing murder charges.
The authors of this study are affirming hereditary differences.
Joseph Stiglitz got his Nobel recognition precisely for his work affirming this bedrock principle of neo-liberal economics.
The group defines humanism as "a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.".
Both countries affirmed their desire to cooperate but avoided troublesome topics.
However, defendant's conviction is affirmed.
Where an employee failed to pay an appeal fee for an impartial medical examination, the decision dismissing his claim for §§13 & 30 medical benefits must be affirmed.
Affirmative Action, Dream Act Put in Front of Voters.
I responded in the affirmative.
WHEREAS, The American Library Association affirms the responsibility of the leaders of the United States to protect and preserve the freedoms that are the foundation of our democracy.
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling of the Marion Superior Court that granted summary judgment in favor of the defense in Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Affirmative action's defenders and attackers finally agree on something: The policy probably won't be around too much longer.
WACO (November 30, 2012)—Waco's 10th Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed the robbery conviction of Delarontae Dontario Walker and his 50-year prison sentence.

In science:

To affirm the quasi-static condit ion is not enough to define the reversible condit ion.
The Energy-Entropy Principle
On page 25 Fermi affirms that an adiabat ic transformat ion is a reversible transformat ion for a thermally iso lated system (dQ=O). But if we are not careful we can commit the paradigmat ic error.
The Energy-Entropy Principle
He affirms the poor conductivity for the air but says nothing about the reversible condit ion. He commits the paradigmat ic error as he confuses reversible with quasi-static.
The Energy-Entropy Principle
Lemma 2.1: The question raised above has an affirmative answer if and only if in the associated multimatrix there exists at least one nonzero multideterminantal monomial.
The Friendship Theorem and Minimax Theorems
Virginia Reilly, Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Dr.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
I × R n is a continuous function, which is Cn in x (for a suitable n)? It is classical that the answer is affirmative as to (2) (see, e.g., ).
A generalized Allwright formula and the vector Riccati equation
In it is proved that it is also affirmative as to (3).
A generalized Allwright formula and the vector Riccati equation
The question was asked in 1976 as mentioned above, but it took years before we had the answer which was affirmative as given by Høyer et al. (1981).
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
For the first time in this conversation, S2 explicitly addresses a physical detail relevant to the physical mapping S1 is attempting: “if there’s constant force?” (line 67) S1 quickly affirms that assumption and S2 correctly concludes that more work would be done on the long “R” path.
Analyzing Problem Solving Using Math in Physics: Epistemological Framing via Warrants
The second part of our theorem is new and give an affirmative answer to a part of Hưng’s conjecture [7, Conjecture 1.10].
Sub-Hopf algebras of the Steenrod algebra and the Singer transfer
Is there something similar in mathematics? The answer is affirmative, since there are at least two areas of mathematics that could be confused with the IDC.
The family of Eulerian constants in the isodimensional discrete calculus
Therefore, the result of the test for two outliers is affirmative, the largest and smallest values in the data set having been established as true outliers.
Steady-state cracking in brittle substrates beneath adherent films: revisited
The above question is answered in the affirmative. Also some properties of such Markov chains are studied. This research paper is a culmination of such research efforts.
Graphs: Associated Markov Chains