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Assert vs. Claim: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Assert means to state something confidently and forcefully, while claim involves stating something as a fact, often without providing evidence.
Assert vs. Claim

Key Differences

Asserting something typically implies a strong and confident declaration, often based on knowledge or belief. Claiming something, however, often involves stating something as a fact, which may or may not be backed by evidence.
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When one asserts, they are often expressing their opinion or belief with conviction. In contrast, making a claim usually suggests a statement about something that could be open to challenge or verification.
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Assertion is generally associated with a sense of authority and confidence in one's statement. Claims, on the other hand, can sometimes imply an attempt to convince others without necessarily having authoritative backing.
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To assert is to put forward one's stance strongly, often in a debate or argument. To claim often means to make a statement that one believes to be true, which could require proof or acceptance by others.
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Asserting can be seen as a more forceful act, while claiming tends to suggest a declaration that may need validation or verification.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

State something confidently and forcefully
State something as a fact, often without proof
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Connotation

Implies conviction and authority
Suggests a need for proof or acceptance
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Context

Used in expressing opinions or beliefs
Often involves factual statements
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Tone

Forceful and confident
More declarative, possibly speculative
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Verification

More about confidence than proof
Often requires proof or evidence
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Assert and Claim Definitions

Assert

To declare something firmly and emphatically.
He asserted his right to fair treatment.
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Claim

To assert a statement that might require proof.
The scientist claimed a breakthrough in the research.
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Assert

To demonstrate or show positively.
He asserted his presence in the meeting with a strong argument.
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Claim

To assert or declare, especially in the face of possible doubt.
He claimed that he could finish the work in one day.
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Assert

To state a fact or belief confidently and forcefully.
She asserted her innocence in the matter.
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Claim

To demand, ask for, or take as one's own or one's due
Claim a reward.
Claim one's luggage at the airport carousel.
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Assert

To state or express positively; affirm
Asserted his innocence.
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Claim

To take in a violent manner as if by right
A hurricane that claimed two lives.
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Assert

To defend or maintain (one's rights, for example).
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Claim

To state to be true, especially when open to question; assert or maintain
Claimed he had won the race.
A candidate claiming many supporters.
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Assert

To put into action boldly; employ or demonstrate
Asserted her independence.
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Claim

To deserve or call for; require
Problems that claim her attention.
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Assert

To declare with assurance or plainly and strongly; to state positively.
He would often assert that there was life on other planets.
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Claim

A demand for something as rightful or due.
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Assert

To use or exercise and thereby prove the existence of.
To assert one's authority
Salman Rushdie has asserted his right to be identified as the author of this work.
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Claim

A basis for demanding something; a title or right.
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Assert

To maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures; to vindicate a claim or title to
To assert our rights and liberties
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Claim

Something claimed in a formal or legal manner, especially a tract of public land staked out by a miner or homesteader.
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Assert

(reflexive) To insist on the legitimacy of one's rights, opinion, etc; not to allow oneself to be dismissed; to ensure that one is taken into consideration; to make oneself respected; to be assertive.
Since going to therapy, I've found it much easier to assert myself.
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Claim

A demand for payment in accordance with an insurance policy or other formal arrangement.
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Assert

(programming) To specify that a condition or expression is true at a certain point in the code.
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Claim

The sum of money demanded.
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Assert

(electronics) To set a signal on a line using a voltage or electric current.
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Claim

A statement of something as a fact; an assertion of truth
Makes no claim to be a cure.
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Assert

(computer science) an assertion; a section of source code which tests whether an expected condition is true.
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Claim

A demand of ownership made for something.
A claim of ownership
A claim of victory
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Assert

To affirm; to declare with assurance, or plainly and strongly; to state positively; to aver; to asseverate.
Nothing is more shameful . . . than to assert anything to be done without a cause.
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Claim

The thing claimed.
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Assert

To maintain; to defend.
That . . . I may assert Eternal Providence,And justify the ways of God to men.
I will assert it from the scandal.
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Claim

The right or ground of demanding.
You don't have any claim on my time, since I'm no longer your employee.
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Assert

To maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures; to vindicate a claim or title to; as, to assert our rights and liberties.
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Claim

A new statement of something one believes to be the truth, usually when the statement has yet to be verified or without valid evidence provided.
The company's share price dropped amid claims of accounting fraud.
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Assert

State categorically
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Claim

A demand of ownership for previously unowned land.
Miners had to stake their claims during the gold rush.
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Assert

To declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true;
Before God I swear I am innocent
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Claim

(legal) A legal demand for compensation or damages.
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Assert

Insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized;
Women should assert themselves more!
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Claim

To demand ownership of.
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Assert

Assert to be true;
The letter asserts a free society
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Claim

To state a new fact, typically without providing evidence to prove it is true.
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Assert

To express or defend a claim or opinion confidently.
The lawyer asserted that his client was not at the scene.
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Claim

To demand ownership or right to use for land.
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Assert

To act with authority and certainty.
She asserted her authority as a manager.
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Claim

(legal) To demand compensation or damages through the courts.
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Claim

(intransitive) To be entitled to anything; to deduce a right or title; to have a claim.
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Claim

To cause the loss of, usually by violent means.
The attacks claimed the lives of five people.
A fire claimed two homes.
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Claim

(obsolete) To proclaim.
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Claim

(archaic) To call or name.
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Claim

To ask for, or seek to obtain, by virtue of authority, right, or supposed right; to challenge as a right; to demand as due.
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Claim

To proclaim.
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Claim

To call or name.
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Claim

To assert; to maintain.
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Claim

To be entitled to anything; to deduce a right or title; to have a claim.
We must know how the first ruler, from whom any one claims, came by his authority.
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Claim

A demand of a right or supposed right; a calling on another for something due or supposed to be due; an assertion of a right or fact.
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Claim

A right to claim or demand something; a title to any debt, privilege, or other thing in possession of another; also, a title to anything which another should give or concede to, or confer on, the claimant.
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Claim

The thing claimed or demanded; that (as land) to which any one intends to establish a right; ; as, a settler's claim; a miner's claim.
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Claim

A loud call.
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Claim

An assertion of a right (as to money or property);
His claim asked for damages
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Claim

An assertion that something is true or factual;
His claim that he was innocent
Evidence contradicted the government's claims
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Claim

Demand for something as rightful or due;
They struck in support of their claim for a shorter work day
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Claim

An informal right to something;
His claim on her attentions
His title to fame
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Claim

An established or recognized right;
A strong legal claim to the property
He had no documents confirming his title to his father's estate
He staked his claim
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Claim

A demand especially in the phrase
The call of duty
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Claim

Assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing;
He claimed that he killed the burglar
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Claim

Demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to;
He claimed his suitcases at the airline counter
Mr. Smith claims special tax exemptions because he is a foreign resident
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Claim

Ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example;
They claimed on the maximum allowable amount
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Claim

Lay claim to; as of an idea;
She took credit for the whole idea
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Claim

Take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs;
The accident claimed three lives
The hard work took its toll on her
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Claim

To state something as a fact, often without providing evidence.
He claimed to have traveled the world.
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Claim

To assert ownership of or a right to something.
She claimed her inheritance.
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Claim

To make a demand for something as due or rightful.
The plaintiff claimed damages in the lawsuit.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Do assertions require evidence?

Not always, they can be based on strong belief.
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Is asserting subjective?

It can be, as it often reflects personal conviction.
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What does assert mean?

To state something confidently and forcefully.
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Can a claim be challenged?

Yes, claims often invite verification or challenge.
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Can claims be about opinions?

They are usually about facts, but can involve opinions.
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Is asserting aggressive?

It can be perceived as forceful, but not necessarily aggressive.
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Do claims imply ownership?

Sometimes, especially in legal or property contexts.
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Can assert be used in formal contexts?

Yes, especially in debates or presentations.
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Are claims always factual?

They are presented as facts, but may not always be true.
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Are claims used in advertising?

Often, to state the benefits of products or services.
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Can a claim be retracted?

Yes, especially if proven false or incorrect.
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Do claims need backing?

They are stronger with evidence, but not always required.
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What does claim mean?

To state something as fact, often without evidence.
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Is asserting used in arguments?

Yes, often to state a position strongly.
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Can anyone assert?

Yes, anyone can assert an opinion or belief.
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Are assertions always true?

Not necessarily, they reflect the assertor’s belief.
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Can claims be about rights?

Yes, like claiming a legal right or entitlement.
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Can asserting be polite?

It can be, if done respectfully and considerately.
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Does asserting need confidence?

Yes, it typically involves confidence in one’s statement.
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Is a claim legally binding?

It can be, especially in contracts or agreements.
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