(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Positive assertion
1. (positive statement) affirmation, statement, allegation, assertion, predication, declaration, profession, proclamation, manifesto, averment. Informal, say-so. See information, belief.
2. (legal statement) asseveration, swearing, oath, affidavit, [sworn] testimony or statement, deposition (See evidence); avouchment, avowal; protestation, profession; assent.
3. (saying) observation, expression; saying, dictum, ipse dixit. See certainty.
4. promise, pledge, vow, oath, word, assurance, warrant; oath or pledge of allegiance.
1. (state positively) affirm, assert, say, predicate, declare, state; emphasize, protest, profess; proclaim, submit, maintain, insist, contend, hold; have one's say, declare oneself, nail one's colors to the mast, speak up, give voice or utterance (to), speak one's mind; stand up and be counted. Informal, put in one's two cents [worth], hammer [away] at.
2. (claim) put forth, put forward, express; allege, set forth, hold out, maintain, contend, pronounce. Informal, claim.
3. (make a legal statement) depose, depone, aver, avow, avouch, asseverate, swear; take one's oath; make an affidavit; kiss the book, vow, stand by, be sworn; vouch, warrant, certify. Informal, swear by bell, book, and candle, swear till one is black or blue in the face, call heaven to witness, cross one's heart [and hope to die].
4. promise, pledge, vow, warrant.
5. swear [in], administer an oath.
1. affirmative, declaratory, declarative, predicatory, pronunciative, assertive, loud and clear; positive, certain, decided; express, emphatic; unretracted; predicable.
2. deposed, etc.; sworn.
Adverbs — affirmatively, in the affirmative, etc.; with emphasis, loud and clear, ex cathedra, without fear of contradiction; under oath, on one's honor.
Antonyms, See negation, nullification.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [An assertion]
Syn. statement, avowal, attestation; see declaration 1 .
2. [A solemn declaration]
Syn. testimony, affidavit, sworn statement; see oath 1 .
3. [Ratification]
Syn. confirmation, sanction, acceptance; see confirmation 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
assertion, declaration, confirmation, validation, avowal, word, swearing, oath, profession.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The act of asserting positively: allegation, assertion, asseveration, averment, claim, declaration, statement. See AFFIRM. 2. An act of confirming officially: approval, confirmation, ratification, sanction. See LAW.

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