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One who makes an affidavit.

[From affy, to make affidavit, from Middle English affien, to trust, from Old French affier, to promise; see affiance.]


(Law) law US a person who makes an affidavit
[C19: Old French, from affier to trust to, from Medieval Latin affīdāre; see affiance]


(əˈfaɪ ənt)

a person who makes an affidavit.
[1800–10, Amer.; obsolete v. affy to confide (< Middle French afier; see affiance) + -ant]
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Noun1.affiant - a person who makes an affidavit
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
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In litigation, affidavits, although accurate, may be drafted by lawyers for the signature of the affiants, and the memories of people who are involved in litigation may fade or change over time, the court says in the opinion.
During the hearings, the Sasikala-Dhinakaran faction challenged the genuineness of many fresh affidavits filed by the Panneerselvam-Palaniswami combine, seeking permission to cross-examine the affiants.
The majority leader moved to amend the motion for dismissal of the complaint that the hearing would be the last time the committee would entertain any complaints filed by affiants who failed to verify the impeachment complaint.
The human affiants, while not bearing witness in court, clearly served as "witnesses against" the accused for purposes of implicating a right of confrontation.
With [the requirement of] two affiants that have to appear in front of a judge, you have no police on the street.
Nearly all the affiants insisted that the company had bullied or tricked them into signing TWIU cards; they now wanted to resign from the company union, and intended to remain members of the NUTW.
17) However, based on further study, greater innovation in the psychological community, and the line of mental capacity jurisprudence that developed in the past two and half decades since Hill's first conviction, many of those affiants later retracted their assertions.
The other two affiants stated that Owens had approached them in the Brunswick Hotel and given each $100, directing them to bet at odds of 10 to 7 on Columbus.
whose affiants lacked personal knowledge of the assertions in the affidavits and did not review any information or documentation to verify the assertions in such affidavits"); see also supra notes 5-7 and accompanying text (discussing settlement of a case involving forged reviewer signatures).
395) A contrary interpretation (that is, an interpretation that would allow either side to flood the record with otherwise inadmissible written statements) would unduly inhibit the right of a party "to conduct such cross-examination as may be required for a full and true disclosure of the facts," (396) or burden "them [with] assuming] the expense of calling the affiants for cross-examination.
The claimants in Bedford relied on "personal evidence of the applicants, the evidence of affiants and experts, and documentary evidence in the form of studies, reports of expert panels and Parliamentary records" just to establish the impact of the impugned laws on their section 7 interests.