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tr.v. a·verred, a·ver·ring, a·vers
1. To affirm positively; declare: "Liberal politicians ... found it necessary to aver that they were in favor of rigid economy in public spending too" (John Kenneth Galbraith).
2. Law To assert formally as a fact.

[Middle English averren, from Old French averer, from Vulgar Latin *advērāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin vērus, true; see wērə-o- in Indo-European roots.]

a·ver′ment n.
a·ver′ra·ble adj.


(əˈvɜr mənt)

1. the act of averring.
2. a positive statement.
[1400–50; late Middle English averrement < Middle French. See aver, -ment]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.averment - a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)averment - a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)
declaration - a statement that is emphatic and explicit (spoken or written)
claim - an assertion of a right (as to money or property); "his claim asked for damages"
claim - an assertion that something is true or factual; "his claim that he was innocent"; "evidence contradicted the government's claims"
accusation, charge - an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence; "the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of drunken driving"
contention - a point asserted as part of an argument
ipse dixit, ipsedixitism - an unsupported dogmatic assertion
affirmation, avouchment, avowal - a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something
testimony - an assertion offering firsthand authentication of a fact; "according to his own testimony he can't do it"
disaffirmation, denial - the act of asserting that something alleged is not true


The act of asserting positively:
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The apex court, which asked the state administration to ascertain the correctness of the media- based serious averment made in a petition, expressed displeasure that despite its orders to take adequate relief and rehabilitation measures, incidents of death of children have been reported leading to uproar in Parliament.
In light of EAJA's purpose "to eliminate the financial disincentive for those who would defend against unjustified governmental action and thereby deter it," Chief Judge Mayer concluded, "it is apparent that Congress did not intend the EAJA application process to be an additional deterrent to the vindication of rights because of a missing averment.
In other cases the wrongful intent inheres in the act itself, is charged by an averment of the doing of the act, and is proved by evidence showing that the act was done.