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The allegation of facts or claims in a Pleading.

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure require that averments be simple, concise, and direct.


noun adjuration, adjurement, affirmance, affirmation, announcement, assertion, assertment, asserrory oath, asseveration, attest, attestation, avouchment, avowal, confirmation, declaration, formulation, instrument in proof, positive declaration, positive statement, profession, pronouncement, solemn affirmation, statement of facts, statement on oath, swearing, testification, vouching, written statement
Associated concepts: averment of facts, descriptive averrent, general averment, material averment, negative averment, particular averments, pleading, unnecessary averments
See also: adjuration, affidavit, affirmance, affirmation, allegation, assertion, asseveration, assurance, attestation, avouchment, avowal, certainty, claim, comment, confirmation, corroboration, count, declaration, disclosure, profession, pronouncement, proof, recommendation, reference, remark, statement, surety, testimony


an allegation in pleadings.

AVERMENT, pleading. Comes from the Latin verificare, or the French averrer, and signifies a positive statement of facts in opposition to argument or inference. Cowp. 683, 684.
     2. Lord Coke says averments are two-fold, namely, general and particular. A general averment is that which is at the conclusion of an offer to make good or prove whole pleas containing new affirmative matter, but this sort of averment only applies to pleas, replications, or subsequent pleadings for counts and a vowries which are in the nature of counts, need not be averred, the form of such averment being et hoc paratus. est verificare.
     3. Particular averments are assertions of the truth of particular facts, as the life of tenant or of tenant in tail is averred: and, in these, says Lord Coke, et hoc, &c., are not used. Co. Litt. 362 b. Again, in a particular averment the party merely protests and avows the truth of the fact or facts averred, but in general averments he makes an offer to prove and make good by evidence what he asserts.
     4. Averments were formerly divided into immaterial and impertinent; but these terms are now treated as synonymous. 3 D. & R. 209. A better division may be made of immaterial or impertinent averments, which are those which need not be stated, and, if stated, need not be proved; and unnecessary averments, which consist of matters which need not be alleged, but if alleged, must be proved. For example, in an action of assumpsit, upon a warranty on the sale of goods, allegation of deceit on the part of the seller is impertinent, and need not be proved. 2 East, 446; 17 John. 92. But if in an action by a lessor against his tenant, for negligently keeping his fire, a demise for seven years be alleged, and the proof be a lease at will only, it will be a fatal variance; for though an allegation of tenancy generally would have been sufficient, yet having unnecessarily qualified it, by stating the precise term, it must be proved as laid. Carth. 202.
     5. Averments must contain not only matter, but form. General averments are always in the same form. The most common form of making particular averments is in express and direct words, for example: And the party avers or in fact saith, or although, or because, or with this that, or being, &c. But they need not be in these words, for any words which necessarily imply the matter intended to be averred are sufficient. See, in general, 3 Vin. Abr. 357 Bac. Abr. Pleas, B 4 Com. Dig. Pleader, C 50, C 67, 68, 69, 70; 1 Saund. 235 a, n. 8 3 Saund. 352, n. 3; 1 Chit. Pl. 308; Arch. Civ. Pl. 163; Doct. Pl. 120; 1 Lilly's Reg. 209 United States Dig. Pleading II (c); 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2835-40.

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It would require very detailed and specific averments by Mr Ronald to explain how such an unusual and potentially contradictory arrangement could arise, but Mr Ronald made no such averments.
the general averment was sufficient for Rule 8(a) purposes.
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While he was not addressing the current state of the common law evolution of the doctrinal defense of sovereign immunity when he penned this statement, nevertheless Holmes generally supports Borchard's argument in favor of the abolition of the doctrine based upon his averment that the original rationales supporting the doctrine had become obscure and inapplicable (also, Holmes drafted the essays comprising THE COMMON LAW approximately fifty years prior to the printing of Borchard's critical article, and thus could not possibly comment on same).
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