“Unfortunately for the defendant, the witness was quick to aver his guilt.”

According to what’s shown above, what is the best definition of aver?

Check your answer!

Choice A - To deny or transfer blame to someone else
Choice B - To declare or affirm that something is true
Choice C - To suggest an alternative to the prevailing theory
Choice D - To express one’s admiration for a person or thing


Aver (verb) – to declare or affirm that something is true; or, a term used in court when stating something as fact

GRE pro tips:

Aver is derived from the Latin root ver, an abbreviated version of veritas, meaning “truth,” as well as the prefix a-, indicating “to” or “toward.” It is not surprising, then, that aver means to declare that something is true or authentic. Aver is not usually used in every day conversation, but it is a term typically used in courtrooms, to describe a witness’s verification that a fact is indeed true. However, you also aver things outside of the courtroom, whenever you affirm a truth.

Example sentences:

“In an effort to quiet the concerns of his employees, the boss delivered a speech averring that policy changes were coming.”

“Despite the defendant’s claims, the witness averred that she saw him at the scene of the crime.”