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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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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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,, "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 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 The candidate has also floated the idea of an amnesty for those involved in the drug business — a plan that sparked instant controversy, and was followed by assurances from his aides that it would be limited to farmers growing drug crops. Joshua Partlow And David Agren,, "Mexico's presidential front-runner doesn't want to escalate the drug war," 30 June 2018 The candidate has also floated the idea of an amnesty for those involved in the drug business — a plan that sparked instant controversy, and was followed by assurances from his aides that it would be limited to farmers growing drug crops. Joshua Partlow,, "Mexico set to elect leftist president for first time in decades," 30 June 2018 North Korea is unlikely to take further actions to halt and roll back its nuclear weapons program without security assurances from the United States. Kelsey Davenport, Time, "This Is What Trump Needs to Do to Make North Korea Get Rid of Their Nukes," 13 June 2018 Sandy Pandya -- the Brian Chater Industry Award The longest, funniest and most heart-warming speech of the night was courtesy of Pandya who came to Canada from Kenya with assurance from her mom that Canada gave people stuff for free. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Canada's CIMA Awards Honor eOne Music's Chris Taylor, Pandyamonium's Sandy Pandya & More," 12 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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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 \

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

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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