Sanskrit: affidavit


Senior Member
Hindi, English, Punjabi
Is "shapatha-pattra" an original Sanskrit compound or a calque from "halaf-naamaa"? It's listed in Sanskrit dictionaries but no textual source is provided.

Thank you.
  • Wolverine9

    Senior Member
    American English
    I think neither compound is original. The use of affidavits was probably introduced by the British, so the terms were likely coined during British rule.