Definitions for affidavitˌæf ɪˈdeɪ vɪt
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af•fi•da•vitˌæf ɪˈdeɪ vɪt(n.)
a written declaration upon oath made before an authorized official.
Origin of affidavit:
1615–25; < ML affīdāvit (he) has declared on oath, perf. 3rd sing. of affīdāre; see affiance
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