assurance

noun
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 4) 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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Since then, he's been working in risk assurance for accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, the school said. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Dallas cop fatally shoots neighbor in apartment she mistakes for her own, police say," 2 Oct. 2018 Choosing to go to the Lakers without any assurances another star would join him, without any clear path to championship contention this season, clearly wasn't about winning. Tim Bontemps, chicagotribune.com, "His legacy assured, LeBron James' move to the Lakers is all about happiness," 2 July 2018 The speakers called for transparency, as well as assurances that a policy separating families would never be implemented again. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Protesters rally in Tornillo against federal immigration policies," 24 June 2018 Stewart said city officials will talk first with labor representatives about assurances that the city will not use the plate technology as a monitoring device on city employees. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "California debuts ‘digital’ license plates. Here’s what they’ll cost you. | The Sacramento Bee," 28 May 2018 Despite assurances from Myanmar, human rights groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say conditions are not yet safe for Rohingya refugees to go back. Wasbir Hussain, The Seattle Times, "Indian police arrest 61 Rohingya Muslims this week," 22 Jan. 2019 But such assurances are less powerful at this point in the recovery, as interest rates have risen to a more normal, easily adjustable 2% to 2.25%. Benn Steil And Benjamin Della Rocca, WSJ, "The Fed Finally Unties Its Own Hands," 22 Oct. 2018 Besides making assurances about the deal’s financing, Musk also sent out another tweet that asserted the only uncertainty was whether the majority of shareholders would approve it. Michael Liedtke, The Seattle Times, "Questions loom over Tesla deal after CEO reveals Saudi link," 14 Aug. 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters Monday the US was ready to make security assurances to Kim Jong Un. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "Singapore summit: Will striking a deal with Trump risk Kim's regime?," 11 June 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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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 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.

assurance

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as·​sur·​ance

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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