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CLAIM, ASSERT, ALLEGE, MAINTAIN, DECLARE, AFFIRM, STATE

To claim means properly "to demand as one's own or one's due." It is often loosely used, especially in the United States, for "assert," "allege," "maintain," "declare," or "affirm."

To assert is "to say or declare in the face of implied denial or doubt."

To allege is "to assert without proof." To maintain is "to uphold by argument."

To declare is "to say publicly, clearly, or emphatically."

To affirm is "to assert on one's reputation for knowledge or truthfulness."

To state, which is also often misused in the sense of "say," "assert," "allege," "declare," or "affirm," means properly "to express formally and in detail;" it always implies detail.


MISUSED ENGLISH WORDS > Aggravating, Irritating > Both, Each, Every > Continual, Continuous > Decided, Decisive > Existing, Extant > First, Second, Secondly > Good, Well > Human, Humane > Identity, Identification > Learn, Teach > Materialize, Appear > Negligence, Neglect > Observation, Observance > Prescribe, Proscribe > Relationship, Relation > Sewage, Sewerage > Transpire, Happen > Union, Unity > Visitant, Visitor > Show ALL