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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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1. the act of affirming or the state of being affirmed
2. a statement of the existence or truth of something; assertion
3. (Law) law a solemn declaration permitted on grounds of conscientious objection to taking an oath
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(ˌæf ərˈmeɪ ʃən)

1. the act of affirming; state of being affirmed.
2. the assertion that something exists or is true.
3. something that is affirmed or declared to be true.
4. confirmation or ratification of a prior judgment, decision, etc.
5. a solemn declaration accepted instead of a statement under oath.
[1535–45; < Latin]
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Bob’s your uncle A British informal expression like there you are, there you have it, often used at the end of a list of instructions; a phrase used in place of something unstated but obvious.

Three curves and a twiddle, label it “object,” and bob’s your uncle. (N. Blake, Head of Traveller, 1949)

One conjecture says the phrase derives from Robert Peel’s campaign slogan for a seat in Parliament: “Vote for Bob—Bob’s your uncle.” Robert Peel founded the Metropolitan Police Force in 1829, hence the label bobby for a police officer. Supposedly, Bob alluded to his stance on law and order and uncle implied benevolence. This theory is unlikely, however, considering that the earliest citation in the OED is from 1937, almost a century after the slogan would have been spoken.

O.K. All right, fine, correct, satisfactory; also, okay, okey-dokey. The origin of this saying has been the subject of much controversy among etymologists. One explanation traces it to a group of witty Bostonian writers who reveled in abbreviating ludicrously misspelled words. Their only abbreviation of any lasting consequence was O.K., which stood for oll korrect ‘all correct.’ The accepted etymology today is the following: A group of Democrats, in support of Martin Van Buren’s 1840 presidential bid, founded an organization entitled the Democratic O.K. Club, in which O.K. stood for Old Kinderhook, Kinderhook being the New York birthplace of Van Buren. O.K. soon became Van Buren’s campaign slogan. By late 1840, O.K. was firmly established in American English and appeared in songs and literature of the day.

I’m O.K.—off for the calaboose, and so is you. (New Orleans Picayune, January, 1841)

The expression has also developed the related meaning of a stamp of approval.

The High Official added his O.K. to the others. (S. E. White, Rules of the Game, 1909)

Even though its usage has now spread to other English speaking nations, O.K. is perhaps the most typical American colloquialism.

that’s the ticket That’s the proper or correct thing; that’s the right procedure or attitude, that fills the bill. This expression, dating from the early 1800s, probably derives from the 19th century practice among charities of offering to the needy tickets exchangeable for necessities such as food or clothing.

This [idealizing of portraits] is all wrong. Truth is the ticket. (Edward FitzGerald, Letters and Literary Remains, 1847)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.affirmation - a statement asserting the existence or the truth of somethingaffirmation - a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something
assertion, asseveration, averment - a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)
reaffirmation, reassertion - renewed affirmation
professing, profession - an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion; "a profession of disagreement"
affirmative - a reply of affirmation; "he answered in the affirmative"
2.affirmation - the act of affirming or asserting or stating somethingaffirmation - the act of affirming or asserting or stating something
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
say-so - one chap's arbitrary assertion
3.affirmation - (religion) a solemn declaration that serves the same purpose as an oath (if an oath is objectionable to the person on religious or ethical grounds)
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
dedication, commitment - a message that makes a pledge
profession - affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith; "a profession of Christianity"
4.affirmation - a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was correct and should standaffirmation - a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was correct and should stand
judicial decision, judgment, judgement - (law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
reversal - a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside
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1. declaration, statement, assertion, oath, certification, pronouncement, avowal, asseveration, averment The ministers issued a robust affirmation of their faith in the system.
2. confirmation, testimony, ratification, attestation, avouchment The high turnout was an affirmation of the importance of the election.
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1. The act of asserting positively:
2. An act of confirming officially:
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[ˌæfəˈmeɪʃən] Nafirmación f, aseveración f
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[ˌæfərˈmeɪʃən] n
(= assertion) → affirmation f, assertion f
his affirmation that ... → son affirmation du fait que ..., son affirmation de ce que ...
(= confirmation) → confirmation f
affirmation of sth → confirmation de qch
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(= assertion)Versicherung f; (very forceful) → Beteuerung f
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[æfəˈmeɪʃn] naffermazione f, asserzione f
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(əˈfəːm) verb
to state something positively and firmly. Despite all the policeman's questions the lady continued to affirm that she was innocent.
ˌaffirˈmation (ӕ-) noun
afˈfirmative (-tiv) adjective, noun
saying or indicating yes to a question, suggestion etc. He gave an affirmative nod; a reply in the affirmative.
affirmative ˌaction noun
(American) the practice of giving better opportunities (jobs, education etc) to people who, it is thought, are treated unfairly (minorities, women etc).
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n. afirmación, confirmación, ratificación de una medida.
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References in classic literature ?
All the vital rights of minorities and of individuals are so plainly assured to them by affirmations and negations, guaranties and prohibitions, in the Constitution, that controversies never arise concerning them.
All the hints and affirmations of others I treated as malignant, baseless slanders; your own self-accusations I believed to be overstrained; and all that seemed unaccountable in your position I trusted that you could account for if you chose.'
"That is saying too much: such hazardous affirmations are a proof of the excitement under which you labour."
After playing lady's-maid to the new-comer, and putting my cakes in the oven, and making the house and kitchen cheerful with great fires, befitting Christmas-eve, I prepared to sit down and amuse myself by singing carols, all alone; regardless of Joseph's affirmations that he considered the merry tunes I chose as next door to songs.
No one of these terms, in and by itself, involves an affirmation; it is by the combination of such terms that positive or negative statements arise.
Chairman, and to its affirmation I pledge my life, my fortune, and my sacred honour, that that wicked and unscrupulous Minority redistricted the cards!"
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
As I tell thee, I am happy; decidedly, I am happy, and from this affirmation I fancy you can construct the rest.
"The Senators and Representatives, and the members of the several State legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and the several States, shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this Constitution."
"Just so madame," replied Chatillon, in so low a voice that though the two friends were listening eagerly they could hardly hear this affirmation.
At the expiration of that term, the morning being very bright and sunny, he was heard to address himself to the horses in the stable, upon the subject of the Kettle, so often mentioned in these pages; and before the witness who overheard him could run into the house with the intelligence, and add to it upon his solemn affirmation the statement that he had heard him laugh, the bird himself advanced with fantastic steps to the very door of the bar, and there cried, 'I'm a devil, I'm a devil, I'm a devil!' with extraordinary rapture.