Attest vs Proven - What's the difference?

attest | proven |

As verbs the difference between attest and proven

is that attest is to affirm to be correct, true, or genuine while proven is .

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en verb)
  • To affirm to be correct, true, or genuine.
  • When will the appraiser attest the date of the painting?
  • * Addison
  • facts attested by particular pagan authors
  • * 1599 — Shakespeare, iii 1'' (Act ii in ''First Folio edition)
  • Dishonour not your Mothers: now attest that those whom you call'd Fathers, did beget you.
  • To certify by signature or oath
  • You must attest your will in order for it to be valid.
  • To certify in an official capacity.
  • To supply or be evidence of
  • Her fine work attested her ability.
  • *
  • The supplementary bibliography (in Vol. VI) attests to the comprehensiveness of the effort.
  • * 1599 — Shakespeare, Prologue'' (''First Folio edition)
  • O pardon : since a crooked Figure may / Attest in little place a Million, / And let us, Cyphers to this great Accompt, / On your imaginarie Forces worke.
  • To put under oath.
  • To call to witness; to invoke.
  • * Dryden
  • The sacred streams which Heaven's imperial state / Attests in oaths, and fears to violate.

    Derived terms

    * attestation * attested * attestment

    See also

    * cite * quote




    (en adjective)
  • Having been proved; having proved its value or truth.
  • It's a proven fact that morphine is a more effective painkiller than acetaminophen is.
    Mass lexical comparison is not a proven method for demonstrating relationships between languages.


    * (having been proved) unproven


  • Usage notes

    As the past participle of prove, proven is often discouraged, with proved preferred – “have proved” rather than “have proven”. However, today in everyday use they are both used, about equally. Historically, proved'' is the older form, while proven''' arose as a Scottish variant – see . Used in legal writing from mid 17th century, it entered literary usage more slowly, only becoming significant in the 19th century, with the poet among the earliest frequent users (presumably for reasons of meter). In the 19th century, '''proven was widely discouraged, and remained significantly less common through the mid 20th century (''proved being used approximately four times as often), by the late 20th century it came to be used about equally. As an attributive adjective, proven is much more commonly used, and proved is widely considered an error – “a proven method”, not *“a proved method”.