as·​sur·​ance | \ ə-ˈshu̇r-ən(t)s How to pronounce assurance (audio) \

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 5) by which it is conveyed
c chiefly British : insurance

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Peace talks in Qatar have given little assurance that the war might soon end, and the Taliban have shown no sign of wanting to amicably join the current government. New York Times, "Bombing Outside Afghan School Kills at Least 50, With Girls as Targets," 8 May 2021 Yet any firm needing assurance that the necessary transformation is possible needs only look to the past. Lisa Caldwell, Forbes, "Now Is The Time For Manufacturers To Work With Policymakers In Building A Greener Future," 4 May 2021 Collier is an affable, approachable, avuncular, white-haired man who radiates assurance and competence, if not charisma. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Garcia: 'Colossal policy failures': Mike Collier rebuilds his case against Dan Patrick," 1 May 2021 One way or the other, Anvisa won’t tolerate replicating virus in the vaccine and needs more assurance there is none. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Is Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine safe? Brazil’s veto of Sputnik V sparks lawsuit threat and confusion," 30 Apr. 2021 Asian stock markets fell Tuesday after Wall Street rose to a new record as investors looked ahead to this week's Federal Reserve meeting for assurance interest rates will be kept ultra-low. Joe Mcdonald, ajc, "Asia stocks lower after Wall St record ahead of Fed meeting," 27 Apr. 2021 In its current form, tax exemption provides no assurance that nonprofit hospitals will behave in accordance with their charitable mission. Ge Bai And David A. Hyman Reprints, STAT, "Tax exemptions for nonprofit hospitals: It’s time taxpayers get their money’s worth," 9 Apr. 2021 The bill in Congress could change that, giving her the assurance she's long dreamed of that she will never be separated from her children. Amy Taxin, Star Tribune, "Immigrants with temporary status have grown deep roots in US," 2 Apr. 2021 Wall Street has been parsing every word from central bank officials in recent weeks, seeking assurance that the Fed will not deviate from its current course of low interest rates and easy lending even as the economy starts to reopen. NBC News, "Powell plays down inflation — again — while Yellen sees possible return to full employment by 2022," 23 Mar. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Assurance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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


as·​sur·​ance | \ ə-ˈshu̇r-əns How to pronounce assurance (audio) \

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.



Legal Definition of assurance

1a : the act of assuring
2 : the act of conveying real property also : the document by which it is conveyed
3 chiefly British : insurance

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