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confirmation (n.)

c. 1300, confyrmacyoun, the rite whereby baptized persons are admitted to full communion with the Church, from Old French confirmacion (13c.) "strengthening, confirmation; proof; ratification," and directly from Latin confirmationem (nominative confirmatio) "a securing, establishing; an assurance, encouragement," noun of action from past-participle stem of confirmare (see confirm).

Meaning "verification, proof, supporting evidence" is from late 14c. Meaning "act of rendering valid by formal assent of authority" is from c. 1400; sense of "action of making sure, a rendering certain or proving to be true" from early 15c.

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Definitions of confirmation from WordNet

confirmation (n.)
additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct;
fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory
confirmation (n.)
information that confirms or verifies;
confirmation (n.)
making something valid by formally ratifying or confirming it;
confirmation of the appointment
Synonyms: ratification
confirmation (n.)
a ceremony held in the synagogue (usually at Pentecost) to admit as adult members of the Jewish community young men and women who have successfully completed a course of study in Judaism;
confirmation (n.)
a sacrament admitting a baptized person to full participation in the church;
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