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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Confirmatioun, -acioun, n. Also: -atyowne, -ation(e, -acioune, -acion(e; -fyrmasyoune. [ME. confirmacion, -acyoun (1303), etc., OF. confirmation, L. confirmātio.]

1. The action of confirming a grant, document, etc.; in later use esp. a testament.(a) 1389 Liber Melros 449.
As the tenour of the forsaides chartir & confirmacioun plenerly askis
1390 Acts I. 216/2.
I require yow … gif ony sic contract be made … that yhe grant na confirmacion thare apon
1397 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 167.
That he sall resayve na resignasyownys … of na landys … nor na confyrmasyoune gif tharupon
1419 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 299.
In the witnes of the quhilk confirmacione I have gert sett my sele to thir … lettrez of confirmacion
1433 Ib. No. 286.
Oure confirmacioun made of befor to Thomas of Anande of the frank tenement of the saide land … gif he ony sik confirmacioun has of ouris
1473–4 Treas. Acc. I. 2.
Componit with David Blare … for the confirmacione of ten pundis worth of annuell
1495–6 Ib. 219.
A charter of confirmacioune … of the tua markis worth of land … of Sornebeg
(b) c1420 Wynt. vii. 928.
The Kyng off hys devotyoun Gave thare-on confirmatyowne
1509 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. II. 338.
To get and deliver to ws the [kingis] confirmation … wnder the gret sele
1537 Lynd. Depl. Magd. 82.
Thare selit was the confirmatioun Of the weill keipit ancient alliance Maid betwix Scotland and the realme of France
1558-66 Knox II. 83.
Ane confirmatioun and ratificatioun be the Estaitis of the Realme of the articleis [etc.]
1606 Edinb. Test. XLII. 73 b.
The cawtioneris quhilk sal happin to be fund at the confirmatioun heirof
1622-6 Bisset II. 88/3.
The tyme of the confirmatioun of the testament
1665 Brechin Test. VI. 306 b.
Iames Nicolsone, … , Comissar of Brechine, appointed for confirmatione of testaments within … the comissariot thairof

2. The confirming of an appointment. c1420 Wynt. vii. 732.
The Byschope Robert, … had Confirmatyowne and wes mad Byschape off Sanctandrewys towne
1456 Hay I. 292/13. Ib. 293/22.
It … ever gais be the foresaid electioun, and be the papis approbacioun and confirmacioun
1490 Acta Aud. 141/2.
The … office of bailȝery … wes gevin … without the solempnite and the confirmatioun requirit apon the law
1622-6 Bisset II. 101/9.
He had his provisioun of the patroun onlie withtout any collatioun of the … paipis confirmatioun

3. Strengthening (in belief, etc.). 1456 Hay I. 189/19.
To geve us ane example to thole thame, … in hope of confirmacioun
1490 Irland Mir. I. 21/14.
The sevint [thing] is confirmacioune in gud werkis and grace

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