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Definition: An affidavit is a written statement signed under oath. Typically, an affidavit must be notarized, which means that it must be signed in front of a notary official who also verifies the identification of the individual signing the statement.

Uses: The legal term affidavit is used in reference to any document that must be signed under oath, including an acknowledgment of paternity.

Example: "If a child's biological father cannot be present for the birth, he can sign an affidavit verifying that he is the father."

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