When an appellate court agrees with the decision of a lower court, we say the decision has been “affirmed.”
Antonym (or opposite): “reversed” or “vacated”. If a court disagrees with a lower court decision, we say it has reversed or vacated the lower court’s decision.
- On appeal, the Circuit Court affirmed the decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,
- Agreeing with the trial court’s decision in part, the Appellate Division affirmed in part and reversed in part the judge’s decision to grant summary judgment.