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
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 Fauci and the country's other top health officials said widespread testing would at least make students and their parents feel safer, by giving assurance that the virus isn't silently spreading. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Rand Paul attacks Fauci, says canceling in-person school in fall would be 'ridiculous'," 12 May 2020 Planning for future travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt are introducing new cleaning protocols for the safety and assurance of their guests. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott Will Introduce New Cleaning Protocols," 4 May 2020 Now, faced with the possibility of a months-long lockdown, Felice has begun to confront the painful possibility that Bernard could die without her in the room to hug him or whisper assurances. Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times, "‘My long goodbye’: Already coping with her husband’s Alzheimer’s, a wife now faces coronavirus lockouts," 4 May 2020 Graham responded in the affirmative but couched that assurance by saying timing is a factor. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Fox's Maria Bartiromo presses Graham to make good on pledge to subpoena DOJ and FBI officials," 3 May 2020 Just as importantly, players need assurance that their school is a safe environment, Torres says. Brad Wolverton, USA TODAY, "Innovative partnership helps Jefferson High School soccer team combat cycle of poverty," 1 May 2020 But those assurances are being tested by steadily dropping production numbers from the nation’s meatpacking plants. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "'Bring the president down here': Indiana meat plant workers angered by planned Trump order," 29 Apr. 2020 Obama won that debate, and Biden came along for the ride to offer assurance to those who worried that the relatively unknown and freshly minted senator from Illinois might prove to be too radical. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "LISTEN TO THIS ARTICLE," 29 Apr. 2020 Western leaders gave Mikhail Gorbachev strong verbal assurances NATO would not be expanded into the former Soviet sphere but, as Mr. Gromyko ruefully notes, Mr. Gorbachev failed to get that in writing. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trust deficit: The roots of Russia’s standoff with the West," 29 Apr. 2020

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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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21 May 2020

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“Assurance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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