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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 And while the district had launched its new program with an assurance that students would receive support from a district teacher, some classes are being taught by out-of-state teachers. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Problems rolling out virtual school program in Anchorage discouraged hundreds of families," 22 Sep. 2020 Three weeks of college football elsewhere, plus important advances in tools and knowledge, have provided conference presidents and chancellors a level of assurance adequate to bringing football back. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Big Ten football re-start addresses the concerns of IU football coach Tom Allen," 17 Sep. 2020 Since that moment, Michelle has changed her perspective and possesses a calm sense of assurance about her husband's condition. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "'Just want you to know I love you': Wife prays under husband's hospital window as he fights COVID-19," 7 Aug. 2020 With so much uncertainty surrounding BYU's 2020 football season, there was some level of assurance on Tuesday. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "While uncertainty looms over BYU football, Cougars start fall camp," 4 Aug. 2020 Trading shares across multiple markets gives companies greater access to liquidity and often gives shareholders a boost too, says Clement Chan, managing director of assurance at financial service provider BDO. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "The U.S. clampdown on Chinese companies is an unexpected windfall for Hong Kong," 26 June 2020 The life of Edward McCaffrey was defined by moments of quiet assurance and a passion for human life and all its complexities. Jacob Wallace, Washington Post, "Edward McCaffrey, who once worked as assistant postmaster general, was a history buff who was active in his church," 22 May 2020 All these projects have brought an economy that gave Colorado parents some assurance that our children and grandchildren could stay here and have great jobs in a beautiful state. Tom Clark, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Metro districts are vital to Colorado’s economy and growth," 31 Jan. 2020 Trump replaced Parscale as his campaign manager in July, after a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, drew sparse crowds despite Parscale’s public assurance that hundreds of thousands of people had requested tickets. Jennifer Jacobs,, "Trump Campaign Aide Brad Parscale Detained After Threat to Harm Himself," 28 Sep. 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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The first known use of assurance was in the 14th century

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16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Assurance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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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