Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Affirmation, or Declaration, a statement which is now substituted for an oath in cases of those whose conscientious scruples prevent them from taking an oath, as Quakers, Moravians, or atheists. If made before the proper authorities, a court of law or commissioners, the affirmant is, in case of false statement, liable to the same consequences as if he had taken an oath thereto.