(A) pleading. Whenever new matter is introduced on either side, the plea must conclude with a verification or averment, in order that the other party may have an opportunity of answering it. 2. The usual verification of a plea containing matter of fact, is in these words, And this he is ready to verify, 3. In one instance however, new matter need not conclude with a verification and then the pleader may pray judgment without it; for example, when the matter pleaded is merely negative. Willes, R. 5; Lawes on Pl. 145. The reason of it is evident, a negative requires no proof; and it would therefore be impertinent or nugatory for the pleader, who pleads a negative matter, to declare his readiness to prove it. (B) practice. The examination of the truth of a writing; the certificate that the writing is true. Vide Authentication.
Law Dictionary – Alternative Legal Definition
In pleading. A certain formula with which all pleadings containing new affirmative matter must conclude, being in itself an averment that the party pleading,is ready to establish the truth of what he has set forth. In Practice The examination of a writing for the purpose of ascertaining its truth; or a certificate or affidavit that it is true. “Verification” is not identical with “authentication.” A notary may verify a mortgagee’s written statement of the actual amount of his claim, but need pot authenticate the act by his seal. Ashley v. Wright, 19 Ohio St 291. Confirmation of the correctness, truth, or authenticity of a pleading, account, or other paper, by an aflfdavit, oath, or deposition.