Prot`es*ta"tion (?), n. [L. protestatio: cf. F. protestation. See Protest.]

1.

The act of making a protest; a public avowal; a solemn declaration, especially of dissent.

" The protestation of our faith."

Latimer.

2. Law

Formerly, a declaration in common-law pleading, by which the party interposes an oblique allegation or denial of some fact, protesting that it does or does not exist, and at the same time avoiding a direct affirmation or denial.

 

© Webster 1913.

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