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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Averment  \A*ver"ment\,  n.  [Cf.  OF  averement  LL  averamentum 
  See  {Aver},  v.  t.] 
  1.  The  act  of  averring,  or  that  which  is  averred; 
  affirmation;  positive  assertion. 
 
  Signally  has  this  averment  received  illustration  in 
  the  course  of  recent  events.  --I.  Taylor. 
 
  2.  Verification;  establishment  by  evidence.  --Bacon. 
 
  3.  (Law)  A  positive  statement  of  facts;  an  allegation;  an 
  offer  to  justify  or  prove  what  is  alleged. 
 
  Note:  In  any  stage  of  pleadings,  when  either  party  advances 
  new  matter,  he  avers  it  to  be  true,  by  using  this  form 
  of  words:  ``and  this  he  is  ready  to  verify.''  This  was 
  formerly  called  an  averment.  It  modern  pleading,  it  is 
  termed  a  verification.  --Blackstone. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  averment 
  n  :  a  declaration  that  is  made  as  if  no  supporting  evidence  were 
  necessary  [syn:  {assertion},  {asseveration}] 




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