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assertion

(programming)
1. An expression which, if false, indicates an error. Assertions are used for debugging by catching can't happen errors.

2. In logic programming, a new fact or rule added to the database by the program at run time. This is an extralogical or impure feature of logic programming languages.
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The assertions in the prisoner's Declaration of his innocence were still, as the Lord Advocate had remarked, assertions not supported by proof.
Whatever path the lecturer took amid the wilds of the past seemed invariably to lead him to some assertion as to extinct or prehistoric life which instantly brought the same bulls' bellow from the Professor.
Now and then, as he made an assertion, he shot a venomous glance at his opponent, who seemed to be slumbering deeply, with the same broad, happy smile upon his face.
Summerlee declared, with an acid smile, that he fully appreciated the difference between the Thames and the Amazon, which lay in the fact that any assertion about the former could be tested, while about the latter it could not.
Moreover, the assertion made by various writers that his cold was the cause of his dispositions not being as well planned as on former occasions, and of his orders during the battle not being as good as previously, is quite baseless, which again shows that Napoleon's cold on the twenty-sixth of August was unimportant.
SHEA had just beaten me at chess, as usual, and, also as usual, I had gleaned what questionable satisfaction I might by twitting him with this indication of failing mentality by calling his attention to the nth time to that theory, propounded by certain scientists, which is based upon the assertion that phenomenal chess players are always found to be from the ranks of children under twelve, adults over seventy-two or the mentally defective--a theory that is lightly ignored upon those rare occasions that I win.
This is not an assertion founded merely in speculation or conjecture.
We found her indeed all that our warmest wishes could have hoped for; we had no difficulty to convince her that it was impossible she could love Graham, or that it was her Duty to disobey her Father; the only thing at which she rather seemed to hesitate was our assertion that she must be attached to some other Person.
In this new law, there are many provisions including: making it unlawful for a person to make a bad-faith assertion of patent infringement and outlining what is considered a bad-faith assertion; allowing targets of bad-faith assertions to recover court fees and possibly damages; and allowing the state attorney general to conduct civil investigations into patent trolls.
BugScope is a full-chip assertion synthesis product that leverages design and testbench information to automatically generate assertions and functional coverage properties for progressive and targeted verification of complex designs.
In this process, components attest to the fact that the information they provided during the initial valuation is accurate and make the relative assertions discussed later in this article.
Sufficiency" relates to the quantity and "appropriateness" relates to the quality of the audit evidence, or its relevance and reliability in providing support for the financial statement assertions.