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An open declaration by an attorney representing a party in a lawsuit, made after the jury has been removed from the courtroom, that requests the admission of particular testimony from a witness that would otherwise be inadmissible because it has been successfully objected to during the trial.

An avowal serves two purposes. It enables an attorney to have the court learn what a witness would have replied to a question had opposing counsel not made an objection to the question sustained by the court. It also provides the interrogator with an opportunity to offer evidence that contradicts the disputed testimony. If, upon appeal, an appellate court decides that a witness should have been allowed to respond to such questions before a jury, an avowal will be a record of the witness's response.


noun acknowledgment, adjurement, affirmance, affirmation, assertion, asseveration, attestation, averment, aveu, avouchment, avowance, confession, confirmation, contention, corroboration, declaration, endorsement, legal pledge, open declaration, positive statement, profession, pronouncement, statement, statement on oath, testimony, validation, verification
See also: adjuration, admission, assertion, asseveration, assurance, attestation, averment, avouchment, certainty, claim, contract, conviction, covenant, declaration, disclosure, jurat, oath, persuasion, pledge, profession, promise, recognition, recognizance, recommendation, reference, statement, surety, testimony, undertaking
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Establishing a new kind of money may be seen as a community's avowal of faith in an idea, and an effort to inspire its realization.
The German boss' public avowal will have been made for both his players and supporters.
Shah claimed the Khatme-Nabuwat avowal clause was not restored to its true essence despite countrywide protests by Ulema.
No democracy can accommodate a coalition in an election government that lasts the government- as still remain-with the public avowal of contesting the polls coalescing with the opposition.
Ulema joining hands with Head of Tehrik Labbaik Pakistan Khadim Hussain Razvi pledged their avowal of not making any compromise on the sanctity of Holy Prophet and Khatm-e-Nabuwat.
Protesters have blocked a main entrance into Islamabad city for the past week and demanded the resignation of the country's Law Minister Zahid Hamid for allegedly pushing a constitutional amendment to make changes in the avowal of finality of Prophet-hood for parliamentarians.
Despite this avowal to atheism, McGowan began to feel as though there was something missing from his worldview as he sat at church, per his mother-in-law's request, and saw how committed church members were to volunteering at the congregation's homeless dinner and donating their money to the collection plate.
Catherine and Thomas, a work of the late 1520s, Saint Catherine wears her necklace with the chain tucked into her neckline - but she's a saint, of course, and the chain holds a cross, which legitimates and transmutes her fashion statement into an avowal of faith [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 9 OMITTED].
After reviewing postcolonial Biblical criticism and the Book of Exodus in it, he discusses identity under construction: contrasting Pharaonic exclusivism with hybridic resistance in Exodus 1:1-2:10, identity destruction: Moses' quadruple displacement in Exodus 2:11-22, identity reconstruction: YHWH's avowal of liminality in Exodus 2:23-3:15, and restrospect and prospect: reviewing findings and mapping contrapuntal contact zones in the remainder of Exodus.
was released." Notwithstanding the fact that Sister Jane McDonell, the General Superior of the Order, denies any such avowal, you go on in your October letter to state that these five women have "issued a defiant rejection of the magisterial ruling in July." This is patently false and as you can undoubtedly appreciate, with the Loretto Sisters' position in the Catholic community, could cause considerable damage.
By the very avowal of its representatives, Hezbollah is beholden to the clerics in Tehran, as it unabashedly upholds a divine right to decide for all Lebanese without seeking their consent.
These include a 1930s disquisition on the possible collapse of capitalism; his 1933 views on the planning of London; an analysis of his friend, Alan Pryce-Jones's character which exemplifies how intimately he understood all those admitted to his friendship; some esoteric details about the Agapemonite sect; and, most important, the avowal of his strong attachment to the Church of England made to his wife in 1946 when she became a Roman Catholic.