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To ratify, establish, or reassert. To make a solemn and formal declaration, as a substitute for an oath, that the statements contained in an Affidavit are true or that a witness will tell the truth. In the practice of appellate courts, to declare a judgment, decree, or order valid and to concur in its correctness so that it must stand as rendered in the lower court. As a matter of Pleading, to allege or aver a matter of fact.

A judgment, decree, or order that is not affirmed is either remanded (sent back to the lower court with instructions to correct the irregularities noted in the appellate opinion) or reversed (changed by the appellate court so that the decision of the lower court is overturned).


v. what an appeals court does if it agrees with and confirms a lower court's decision.


to make an AFFIRMATION.

TO AFFIRM, practice. 1. To ratify or confirm a former law or judgment, as when the supreme court affirms the judgment of the court of common pleas.
     2. To make an affirmation, or to testify under an affirmation.

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Long-Term Local-Currency IDR affirmed at 'B+'; Outlook revised to Stable from Negative
The spirit cannot flow or emerge from matter, as some thinkers have affirmed. Therefore, in man, there is discontinuity in relation to other living beings, something which requires an "ontological leap."
The early church tradition affirmed that the human being was created in the image and likeness of God and construed the imago Dei symbol as an inclusive concept that affirmed the human worth, dignity, and nobility of all persons and of the marginalized in particular.
General Synod has affirmed that it is possible for relationships to be sanctified even if they are not blessed.
Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency IDRs: affirmed at 'BBB+'; Outlooks revised to Negative from Stable
affirmed the ratings and stable outlooks for 14 other related issuers.
The bank's financial strength rating was affirmed at C.
Also, he criticizes the postmodern tendency to affirm that God, while involved with the well-being of the whole cosmos, is not providentially involved particularly in the affairs of the individual.
They want their reality affirmed, honoured, and embraced.
Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency IDRs: affirmed at 'BBB'; Outlooks revised to Negative from Stable
Assicurazioni Generali SpA: IDR affirmed at 'A-'; IFS affirmed at 'A-'; Outlooks Revised to Negative from Stable
The five banks' Long- and Short-Term IDRs have been affirmed. A full list of rating actions is at the end of this rating action commentary.