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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.

affidavit n : written declaration made under oath; a written statement sworn to be true before someone legally authorized to administer an oath

61 Moby Thesaurus words for "affidavit": admission, affirmation, allegation, assertion, asseveration, attest, attestation, authority, authorization, averment, avouchment, avowal, bill, bill of complaint, bill of health, certificate, certificate of proficiency, certification, claim, complaint, compurgation, credential, declaration, deposition, diploma, disclosure, instrument in proof, legal evidence, libel, manifesto, narratio, navicert, nolle prosequi, nonsuit, notarized statement, note, position paper, profession, sheepskin, solemn declaration, statement, statement of belief, statement of facts, statement under oath, swearing, sworn evidence, sworn statement, sworn testimony, testamur, testimonial, testimonium, testimony, ticket, visa, vise, voucher, vouching, warrant, warranty, witness, word

Affidavit \Af`fi*da"vit\, n. [LL. affidavit he has made oath, perfect tense of affidare. See {Affiance}, {Affy}.] (Law) A sworn statement in writing; a declaration in writing, signed and made upon oath before an authorized magistrate. --Bouvier. --Burrill. [1913 Webster] Note: It is always made ex parte, and without cross-examination, and in this differs from a deposition. It is also applied to written statements made on affirmation. [1913 Webster] Syn: Deposition. See {Deposition}. [1913 Webster]


The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire.

declaration n 1: a statement that is emphatic and explicit (spoken or written) 2: (law) unsworn statement that can be admitted in evidence in a legal transaction; "his declaration of innocence" 3: a statement of taxable goods or of dutiable properties 4: (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make [syn: {contract}] 5: a formal public statement; "the government made an announcement about changes in the drug war"; "a declaration of independence" [syn: {announcement}, {proclamation}, {annunciation}] 6: a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote [syn: {resolution}, {resolve}]

131 Moby Thesaurus words for "declaration": Parthian shot, acceptance, acknowledgment, address, admission, advertisement, affidavit, affirmance, affirmation, allegation, allowance, announcement, annunciation, answer, apostrophe, appointment, appreciation, assertion, asseveration, attest, attestation, averment, avouchment, avowal, bill, bill of complaint, brevet, broadcast, bull, bulletin board, circular, claim, comment, communication, communique, complaint, compurgation, concession, conclusion, confession, confession of faith, crack, creed, declaration of faith, decree, decree-law, decreement, decretal, decretum, deposition, dictum, diktat, disclosure, edict, edictum, encyclical, enunciation, exclamation, expression, fiat, greeting, information, instrument in proof, interjection, ipse dixit, law, legal evidence, libel, manifesto, mention, narratio, nolle prosequi, nonsuit, note, notice, notification, observation, ordinance, ordonnance, phrase, position, position paper, positive declaration, predicate, predication, proclamation, profession, program, programma, promulgation, pronouncement, pronunciamento, proposition, protest, protestation, public notice, publication, question, recognition, reflection, remark, report, rescript, revelation, rule, ruling, say, say-so, saying, senatus consult, senatus consultum, sentence, stance, stand, statement, statement of facts, subjoinder, sworn evidence, sworn statement, sworn testimony, testimonial, testimonium, testimony, thought, ukase, utterance, vouch, white book, white paper, witness, word

Declaration \Dec`la*ra"tion\, n. [F. d['e]claration, fr. L. declaratio, fr. declarare. See {Declare}.] 1. The act of declaring, or publicly announcing; explicit asserting; undisguised token of a ground or side taken on any subject; proclamation; exposition; as, the declaration of an opinion; a declaration of war, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is declared or proclaimed; announcement; distinct statement; formal expression; avowal. [1913 Webster] Declarations of mercy and love . . . in the Gospel. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] 3. The document or instrument containing such statement or proclamation; as, the Declaration of Independence (now preserved in Washington). [1913 Webster] In 1776 the Americans laid before Europe that noble Declaration, which ought to be hung up in the nursery of every king, and blazoned on the porch of every royal palace. --Buckle. [1913 Webster] 4. (Law) That part of the process or pleadings in which the plaintiff sets forth in order and at large his cause of complaint; the narration of the plaintiff's case containing the count, or counts. See {Count}, n., 3. [1913 Webster] {Declaration of Independence}. (Amer. Hist.) See Declaration of Independence in the vocabulary. See also under {Independence}. {Declaration of rights}. (Eng. Hist) See {Bill of rights}, under {Bill}. {Declaration of trust} (Law), a paper subscribed by a grantee of property, acknowledging that he holds it in trust for the purposes and upon the terms set forth. --Abbott. [1913 Webster]

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  • affidavit: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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  • declaration: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • declaration: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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