Legal Definition and Related Resources of Avow

Meaning of Avow

To acknowledge the commission of an act, and claim that it was done with right. 3 Bl. Comm. 150. To make an avowry. For example, when replevin is brought for a thing distrained, and the party taking claims that he had a right to make the distress, he is said to avow. See Fleta, lib. 1, c. 4, § 4; Ciwiningham. See “Avowry;” “Justification.”


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Synonyms of Avow


  • acknowledge
  • admit
  • admit frankly
  • affirm
  • allege as a fact
  • articulate
  • assert
  • assert on oath
  • assert peremptorily
  • assert under oath
  • asseverate
  • attest
  • authenticate
  • aver
  • avouch
  • be bound
  • bear witness
  • certify
  • commit oneself
  • confess
  • confirm
  • confiteri
  • contend
  • declare
  • declare openly
  • declare positively
  • declare the truth of
  • depose
  • enunciate
  • express
  • fateri
  • formulate
  • maintain
  • make a statement
  • make an assertion
  • postulate
  • predicate
  • proclaim
  • profess
  • profiteri
  • pronounce
  • propound
  • protest
  • set down
  • speak
  • state
  • state as true
  • state with conviction
  • swear
  • take one’s oath
  • testify
  • vouch
  • vow
  • witness
  • Associated Concepts: affidavit
  • testimony

Avow in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

Latin Ad-vovere, to vow to: ad-vocare. To declare openly; to acknowledge and justify an act; opposed to disavow.

Note: This legal definition of Avow in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.

English Spanish Translation of Avow

Reconocer, Confesar, Admitir

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Avow in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of avow.


This term is a verb.

Etimology of Avow

(You may find avow at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

c. 1300, “uphold, support, approve; stand by, back up (someone); declare openly, take sides openly, affirm;” mid-14c. “admit openly,” from Anglo-French avouer, Old French avoer “acknowledge, accept, recognize,” especially as a protector (12c., Modern French avouer), from Latin advocare “to call, summon, invite” (see advocate; this term is also a noun.). A synonym of avouch (q.v.), which tends to contain the more technical, legal aspect of the word. Related: Avowed; avowing.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Law Enforcement Agency

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