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affidavit n

[Medieval Latin, he/she has pledged faith, third singular perfect of affidare see affiant ]
: a sworn statement in writing made esp. under oath or on affirmation before an authorized magistrate or officer compare deposition, examination

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.