written declaration made under oath; a written statement sworn to be true before someone legally authorized to administer an oath
A signed document wherein an affiant makes a sworn statement.
Origin: From affidavit, the third person singular perfect tense of affido, from fido, ultimately from bʰidʰ-, zero-grade of bʰeydʰ-. Cognate to fidelity and faith (same Latin root), but not to affirm (shared Latin ad- prefix, but different Latin and Proto-Indo-European roots).
a sworn statement in writing; a declaration in writing, signed and made upon oath before an authorized magistrate
An affidavit is a written sworn statement of fact voluntarily made by an affiant or deponent under an oath or affirmation administered by a person authorized to do so by law. Such statement is witnessed as to the authenticity of the affiant's signature by a taker of oaths, such as a notary public or commissioner of oaths. The name is Medieval Latin for he has declared upon oath. An affidavit is a type of verified statement or showing, or in other words, it contains a verification, meaning it is under oath or penalty of perjury, and this serves as evidence to its veracity and is required for court proceedings. ⁕To obtain a declaration on a legal document, such as an application for voter registration, that the information provided by the applicant is truthful to the best of the applicant's knowledge. If, after signing such a declaration, the information is found to be deliberately untrue with the intent to deceive, the applicant may face perjury charges. Affidavits may be written in the first or third person, depending on who drafted the document. If in the first person, the document's component parts are: ⁕a commencement which identifies the affiant of truth", generally stating that everything is true, under penalty of perjury, fine, or imprisonment;
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
af-fi-dā′vit, n. a written declaration on oath. [Affidavit, 3d pers. sing. perf. of a Low L. affidāre, to pledge one's faith.]
The numerical value of affidavit in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of affidavit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I am a trial lawyer. ... Matilda says that at dinner on a good day I sound like an affidavit.
What actually happened is that I wrote the affidavit because I wanted to provide the truth about what I remembered, my only goal has always been to provide the truth about what I remembered.
Brown obtained an affidavit from the state's expert witness regarding phone technology, who said he would have wanted to know about the disclaimer ... and it could have changed his testimony.
The prosecutors went through this relying on the probable cause affidavit [which they filed with the court in charging Zimmerman.] They were prepared to accept the judge's ruling, rather than make an all out effort to defeat bond by putting their best evidence forward. Because if they had done that, the defense would have had a preview of their case and still wouldn't have had bond denied." -On the Trayvon Martin Trial
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- Eidesstattliche VersicherungGerman
- ένορκη γραπτή κατάθεσηGreek
- declaración jurada, affidávitSpanish
- [[valaehtoinen]] [[todistus]]Finnish
- affidavit, déclaration écrite sous sermentFrench
- surat sumpahIndonesian
- eiðfest yfirlýsing, eiðsvarin yfirlýsing, skrifleg yfirlýsingIcelandic
- 供述書, 宣誓供述書Japanese
- beëdigde verklaringDutch
- [[письменный, аффиде́вит, аффидави́тRussian
- දිවුරුම් පත, දිවුරුම් පෙත්සමSinhala, Sinhalese
- tuyên thệVietnamese
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