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

    A statement that an affiant "firmly believes" the contents of the affidavit imports a strong or high degree of belief, and is equivalent to saying that he "verily" believes it. Bradley v. Eccles, 1 Browne (Pa.) 258; Thompson v. White, 4 Serg. & In (Pa.) 137. The operative words in a bond or recognizance, that the obligor Is held and "firmly bound," are equivalent to an acknowledgment of indebtedness and promise to pay. Shattuck v. Pcople, 5 111. 477.