assurance

noun
as·​sur·​ance | \ə-ˈshu̇r-ən(t)s \

Definition of assurance 

1 : the state of being assured: such as

a : a being certain in the mind the puritan's assurance of salvation

b : confidence of mind or manner : easy freedom from self-doubt or uncertainty spoke with assurance about his future plans also : excessive self-confidence : brashness, presumption

c : security

2 : something that inspires or tends to inspire confidence gave repeated assurances of goodwill

3 : the act or action of assuring someone or something: such as

a : pledge, guarantee You have my solemn assurance that it is true.

b : the act of conveying real property (see real entry 1 sense 2) also : the instrument (see instrument entry 1 sense 4) by which it is conveyed

c chiefly British : insurance

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Choose the Right Synonym for assurance

confidence, assurance, self-possession, aplomb mean a state of mind or a manner marked by easy coolness and freedom from uncertainty, diffidence, or embarrassment. confidence stresses faith in oneself and one's powers without any suggestion of conceit or arrogance. the confidence that comes from long experience assurance carries a stronger implication of certainty and may suggest arrogance or lack of objectivity in assessing one's own powers. handled the cross-examination with complete assurance self-possession implies an ease or coolness under stress that reflects perfect self-control and command of one's powers. answered the insolent question with complete self-possession aplomb implies a manifest self-possession in trying or challenging situations. handled the reporters with great aplomb

Examples of assurance in a Sentence

They lent us the money with the assurance that they would be repaid soon. He has the assurance of continued support from his boss. He spoke with quiet assurance about his future plans. She gave him every assurance that she would be there when he returned.
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For years, Terri had suspected the truth, despite doctors’ assurances. Peg Rosen, Good Housekeeping, "Blindness Can't Stop Me from Living the Life I Want to Live," 14 Sep. 2018 Gone is the occasional uncertainty that bubbled up on Coming Apart, replaced with the assurance of two instrumentalists who've spent years on the road together and know exactly how to weave in and out of each other's space. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Kim Gordon & Bill Nace on Body/Head's Second Album and the 'Freedom' of a Niche Audience," 13 July 2018 The book is messy as hell: full of insipid platitudes, trite homilies, and self-regarding detours delivered with the assurance of a man who fully expects to see his childhood finger paintings in a museum someday. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 The department said the revisions would not apply to broad complaints filed by groups, but the lawsuit said the provisions, as written, gave no such assurances. New York Times, "Disability and Civil Rights Groups Sue DeVos Over Investigation Rollbacks," 31 May 2018 The move enraged Gardner, who said the administration had earlier given him assurances that there would be no such raids, at least in his state. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Trump says he is likely to support ending blanket federal ban on marijuana," 8 June 2018 Of course, no assurances were given, as the truth is the truth. Isaac Weeks, Billboard, "Austin Rick, Who Accused Nashville Publicist Kirt Webster of Sexual Assault, Releasing New Book On Allegations," 4 June 2018 What assurances did Millas have that the Alis would follow a court order? Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Clinic, parents clash over girl's brain tumor treatment; court to decide," 13 May 2018 Feinstein said she wasn’t persuaded by McConnell’s assurances and did not know how a proposal to protect the more than 700,000 younger immigrants would fare in the House. Alan Fram, The Seattle Times, "End to government shutdown in sight as Dems halt filibuster," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of assurance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for assurance

see assure

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The first known use of assurance was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for assurance

assurance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of assurance

: the state of being sure or certain about something

: a strong feeling of confidence about yourself or about being right

: a strong and definite statement that something will happen or that something is true

assurance

noun
as·​sur·​ance | \ə-ˈshu̇r-əns \

Kids Definition of assurance

1 : the act of making sure or confident You have my assurance that it's true.

2 : the state of being sure or confident I lent him money with assurance that I would be repaid.

3 : self-confidence She spoke of her plans with quiet assurance.

assurance

noun
as·​sur·​ance

Legal Definition of assurance 

1a : the act of assuring

b : guarantee sense 3

2 : the act of conveying real property also : the document by which it is conveyed

3 chiefly British : insurance

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