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Affirm vs. Deny — What's the Difference?

Affirm vs. Deny — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Affirm and Deny

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Affirm

To declare positively; assert to be true
A philosopher affirming the existence of free will.
A document affirming that each student has completed the course.
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Deny

To declare untrue; assert to be false
"A senior officer denied that any sensitive documents had been stored there" (Scott Ritter).
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Affirm

To declare support for or belief in
Affirm the right to self-determination.
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Deny

To refuse to believe; reject
Deny the existence of evil spirits.
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Affirm

(Law) To rule (a court decision) to have been correct; confirm
The Supreme Court affirmed the lower court's decision.
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Deny

To refuse to recognize or acknowledge; disavow
The official denied any wrongdoing.
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Affirm

To assert that one will give true testimony equivalent to that which would be given while under oath.
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Deny

To decline to grant or allow; refuse
Deny the student's request.
Denied the prisoner food or water.
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Affirm

To agree, verify or concur; to answer positively.
She affirmed that she would go when I asked her.
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Deny

To give a refusal to; turn down or away
The protesters were determined not to be denied.
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Affirm

To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to maintain as true.
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Deny

To restrain (oneself) especially from indulgence in pleasures.
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Affirm

To support or encourage.
They did everything they could to affirm the children's self-confidence.
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Deny

(transitive) To disallow or reject.
I wanted to go to the party, but I was denied.
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Affirm

To make firm; to confirm, or ratify; especially (legal) to assert or confirm, as a judgment, decree, or order, brought before an appellate court for review.
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Deny

(transitive) To assert that something is not true.
I deny that I was at the party.
Everyone knows he committed the crime, but he still denies it.
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Affirm

(law) To state under a solemn promise to tell the truth which is considered legally equivalent to an oath, especially of those who have religious or other moral objections to swearing oaths; also solemnly affirm.
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Deny

(ditransitive) To refuse to give or grant something to someone.
My father denied me a good education.
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Affirm

To assert or confirm, as a judgment, decree, or order, brought before an appellate court for review.
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Deny

To take something away from someone; to deprive of.
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Affirm

To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to maintain as true; - opposed to deny.
Jesus, . . . whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
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Deny

To prevent from scoring.
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Affirm

To declare, as a fact, solemnly, under judicial sanction. See Affirmation, 4.
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Deny

To disclaim connection with, responsibility for, etc.; to refuse to acknowledge; to disown; to abjure; to disavow.
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Affirm

To declare or assert positively.
Not that I so affirm, though so it seemTo thee, who hast thy dwelling here on earth.
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Deny

(obsolete) To refuse (to do or accept something).
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Affirm

To make a solemn declaration, before an authorized magistrate or tribunal, under the penalties of perjury; to testify by affirmation.
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Deny

To declare not to be true; to gainsay; to contradict; - opposed to affirm, allow, or admit.
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Affirm

Establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts;
His story confirmed my doubts
The evidence supports the defendant
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Deny

To refuse (to do something or to accept something); to reject; to decline; to renounce.
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Affirm

To declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true;
Before God I swear I am innocent
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Deny

To refuse to grant; to withhold; to refuse to gratify or yield to; as, to deny a request.
Who finds not Providence all good and wise,Alike in what it gives, and what denies?
To some men, it is more agreeable to deny a vicious inclination, than to gratify it.
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Affirm

Say yes to
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Deny

To disclaim connection with, responsibility for, and the like; to refuse to acknowledge; to disown; to abjure; to disavow.
The falsehood of denying his opinion.
Thou thrice denied, yet thrice beloved.
Let him deny himself, and take up his cross.
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Deny

To answer in negative; to declare an assertion not to be true.
Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid.
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Deny

Declare untrue; contradict;
He denied the allegations
She denied that she had taken money
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Deny

Refuse to accept or believe;
He denied his fatal illness
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Deny

Refuse to grant, as of a petition or request;
The dean denied the students' request for more physics courses
The prisoners were denied the right to exercise for more than 2 hours a day
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Deny

Refuse to let have;
She denies me every pleasure
He denies her her weekly allowance
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Deny

Deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure;
She denied herself wine and spirits
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Deny

Deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit
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Deny

Refuse to recognize or acknowledge;
Peter denied Jesus
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