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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Bale has not given up hope of mending his relationship with Zidane and his first choice is still to stay at Real, but only if he is offered firm assurances regarding a more prominent role next season. Thomas Allnutt, chicagotribune.com, "Bale to hold talks with Real Madrid after Champions League celebrations," 27 May 2018 American Civil Liberties Union attorney Lee Gelernt sought assurances from the government Monday that advocates would be in position to guide parents when they are released in a foreign land. Author: Elliot Spagat, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal judge denies Trump administration’s request to indefinitely detain families," 10 July 2018 American Civil Liberties Union attorney Lee Gelernt sought assurances from the government Monday that advocates would be in position to guide parents when they are released in a foreign land. Elliot Spagat, BostonGlobe.com, "Dozens of immigrant children won’t be released back to their parents in time for court-ordered deadline Tuesday," 10 July 2018 As David Johnson makes his push for a comeback, the running back is seeking some more assurances about his future. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "David Johnson skipping Cardinals' mandatory minicamp, per report," 12 June 2018 Jordan also sought assurances from the utility that no existing employees would lose their jobs. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "Judge to keep eye on Sewerage & Water Board staff vacancies," 20 Apr. 2018 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

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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

noun
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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