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tr.v. con·firmed, con·firm·ing, con·firms
a. To support or establish the certainty or validity of; verify: confirm a rumor.
b. To reaffirm the establishment of (a reservation or advance arrangement).
2. To make firmer; strengthen: Working on the campaign confirmed her intention to go into politics.
3. To make valid or binding by a formal or legal act; ratify.
4. To administer the religious rite of confirmation to.

[Middle English confirmen, from Old French confermer, from Latin cōnfirmāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + firmāre, to strengthen (from firmus, strong; see dher- in Indo-European roots).]

con·firm′a·bil′i·ty n.
con·firm′a·ble adj.
con·firm′a·to′ry (-fûr′mə-tôr′ē) adj.
con·firm′er n.
Synonyms: confirm, corroborate, substantiate, authenticate, validate, verify
These verbs mean to establish or support the truth, accuracy, or genuineness of something. Confirm implies the establishment of certainty or conviction: The information confirmed our worst suspicions.
To corroborate something is to strengthen or uphold the evidence that supports it: The witness is expected to corroborate the plaintiff's testimony.
To substantiate is to establish by presenting solid or reliable evidence: "What I shall say can be substantiated by the sworn testimony of witnesses" (Mark Twain).
To authenticate something is to establish its genuineness, as by expert testimony or documentary proof: Never purchase an antique before it has been authenticated.
Validate refers to establishing the validity of something, such as a theory, claim, or judgment: The divorce validated my parents' original objection to the marriage.
Verify implies proving by comparison with an original or with established fact: The bank refused to cash the check until the signature was verified.
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the quality of being confirmable
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Some veridicalist responses (suggested by Bouswma, Putnam, and Davidson) have been motivated using verificationism, externalism, and coherentism.
It therefore seems that Wittgenstein, even after abandoning the strong verificationism of his middle period, would still require an explanation of the numerical predicates to be epistemically adequate in the following sense: the explanation must indicate the rule which is followed in verifying number ascriptions and whose mastery constitutes understanding the numerical predicates.
On the other hand, their communal ideological views hinted at denying Christian orthodoxy and biblical authority, regulating the church-state relationship, promoting scientific investigation, verificationism and fallibilism, denouncing both Catholic and Protestant abuses, universalizing the secular values of ,,equal rights, civil liberties and humanitarian goodwill", and rejecting the false afterlife promises to the benefit of worldly life happiness (Schmidt 2016, 13).
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(127) Asi segun STRAWSON: "[E]ven if we have a tenderness for transcendental arguments, we shall be happy to accept the criticism of STROUD and others that either such arguments rely on an unacceptably simple verificationism or the most they can establish is a certain sort of interdependence of conceptual capacities and beliefs: e.g.
Since verificationism, as now Putnam sees it, renders internal realism solipsistic, he has come to reject the coherence of this doctrine.
Rather than believing in a positivist conceptualization of the world where the role of empiricism or empirical methodology is to test and prove the theoretical constructs proposed are real and can be actually verified, Banks begins with a dismissal of the verificationism held sacred by positivists, insisting that theory is merely a program of justification for ideological beliefs or ideals that are not proven by proof or evidence but rather protected from falsification by proof or evidence.
deductive logic; second empirical verificationism, the idea that only statements that are either empirically verifiable or falsifiable (synthetic) or true by definition (analytic) are scientific; third theory and observation distinction, the view that there is a strict separation between observations and theories, with observations being seen as theoretically neutral; finally the Humean Theory (theory of David Hume) of causation, the idea that establishing a casual relationship is the matter of discovering the invariant temporal relationship between observed events.
Wolenski also comes up with a (new) paradox directed at theories like verificationism, which pose conditions on a sentence being meaningful (318); but the argument assumes that a sentence which is meaningful and wrongly says of itself that it isn't thereby (i.e., by being false) says that it is false.
Appealing to verificationism and holism is the best way of arguing for the indeterminacy thesis.
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