Meaning of “affidavit” in the English Dictionary

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"affidavit" in British English

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affidavitnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌæf.əˈdeɪ.vɪt/ us /ˌæf.əˈdeɪ.vɪt/

Examples from literature

  • Formerly, it was customary, on emergencies, for the Judges to swear affidavits at their dwelling-houses. 
  • He took from the large bundle of papers a single sheet, and, assuming an air of great modesty, read the affidavit. 
  • It is but a shabby truth that wants an author's affidavit to make it trustworthy. 
  • Two jurors made affidavit that they never intended a conviction. 
  • You'll have all the exciting details for an 'exclusive,' to say nothing of the batch of affidavits in the oil scandal. 

(Definition of “affidavit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"affidavit" in American English

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affidavitnoun [ C ]

us /ˌæf·əˈdeɪ·vɪt/ law

a written statement made by someone who has sworn to tell the truth, which might be used in a court of law

(Definition of “affidavit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"affidavit" in Business English

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affidavitnoun [ C ]

/ˌæfəˈdeɪvɪt/ uk us LAW

a written statement made by someone who has officially promised to tell the truth, and which might be used in a court of law:

He admitted he was one of a number of people stealing from the company, according to the affidavit filed by the district attorney's office.
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(Definition of “affidavit” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)