Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A statement having the same effect and consequences as an oath, but not sworn to. See 18 Pick. (Mass.) 153.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In practice. A solemn and formal declaration or asseveration that an affidavit is true, that the witness will teli the truth, etc., this being substituted for an oath in certain cases. A solemn religious asseveration in the nature of an oath. 1 GreenL Ev. § 371.