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Definition of Affidavit

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written statement made under oath, sworn statement
Affidavit Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
JM Latin-English Dictionary
A sworn written statement usable as evidence in court
Affidavit Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
A sworn statement in writing; a declaration in writing, signed and made upon oath before an authorized magistrate.
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\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.
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.

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 voluntary affidavit 
Lexicon of Thieves' Cant
a witness for hire Someone who will swear to anything in court if paid to do so
WordNet 2.0

1. written declaration made under oath; a written statement sworn to be true before someone legally authorized to administer an oath
(hypernym) testimony
(hyponym) verification
(classification) law, jurisprudence
Affidavit Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Public Service Advertising Glossary
Sworn proof that an advertiser's commercials were actually run as scheduled. The affidavit indicates the day and time of each broadcast and accompanies the station's bill to the agencies.

Context: Radio & TV Advertising
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Affidavit Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
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/she 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. It is done with the help of court, with a stamp paper 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 typically as follows:
  • A commencement which identifies the "affiant of truth", generally stating that everything is true, under penalty of perjury, fine, or imprisonment
  • An attestation clause, usually a jurat, at the end certifying the affiant made oath and the date
  • Signatures of the author and witness

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Affidavit Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
A statement of facts which is sworn to (or affirmed) before an officer who has authority to administer an oath (e.g. a notary public). A statement which before being signed, the person signing takes an oath that the contents are, to the best of their knowledge, true. It is also signed by a notary or some other judicial officer that can administer oaths, to the effect that the person signing the affidavit was under oath when doing so. These documents carry great weight in Courts to the extent that judges frequently accept an affidavit instead of the testimony of the witness and are used in place of live testimony in many circumstances (for example, when a motion is filed, a supporting affidavit may be filed with it).

Practice. An oath or affirmation reduced to writing, sworn or affirmed to before some officer who has authority to administer it. It differs from a deposition in this, that in the latter the opposite party has had an opportunity to cross-examine the witness, whereas an affidavit is always taken ex parte.

Affidavit To Hold To Bail, is in many cases required before the defendant can be arrested; such affidavit must be made by a person who is acquainted with the fact, and must state, 1st, an indebtedness from the defendant to the plaintiff; 2dly, show a distinct cause of action; 3dly, the whole must be clearly and certainly, expressed.

An Affidavit Of Defense, is made by a defendant or a person knowing the facts, in which must be stated a positive ground of defense on the merits. It has been decided that when a writ of summons has been served upon three defendants, and only one appears, a judgment for want of an affidavit of defense may be rendered against all.

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
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A statement which before being signed, the person signing takes an oath that the contents are, to the best of their knowledge, true. - (read more on Affidavit)
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a written statement of facts that are made under oath and which must be witnessed and signed by a notary or another official authorized to administer oaths.
A written statement voluntarily signed under oath,usually in support of a motion.
Be careful that you have personal knowledge of all matters asserted, or else it "can and will be used against you in a court of law." If there is any doubt whatsoever, but you still believe something is true, say "Based on information and belief...."
Massachusetts Divorce Law Dictionary
A written statement, voluntarily signed under oath, usually in support of a motion.
HMCS Legal Terms
(see Statement) A written statement of evidence confirmed on oath or by affirmation to be true and taken before someone who has authority to administer it 
By Her Majesty's Courts Service. Published under Crown Copyright.
Canadian Insolvency Dictionary
A statement by a person in which the person states that to the best of his or her knowledge, the facts in question are true.  An affidavit is sworn before a Notary, Commissioner for Taking Oaths, lawyer or some other judicial officer who can administer oaths.
Affidavit Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
A written declaration on oath.