assurance

noun
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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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 Elicerio solely focuses on cases, but the rest of the team sources other accessories and runs quality-assurance and drop tests. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Verizon and AT&T have vastly different ideas about phone cases," 14 Aug. 2018 But authorities seldom challenge many of these claims, particularly the ubiquitous assurances of lower prices, despite decades of evidence that such promises hardly ever come to fruition. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "When companies say a merger will result in lower prices, try laughing in their face," 10 July 2018 Not always the most graceful navigator of his own fame, Smith, 26, also seems to have grown into himself as a person, performer and advocate — an air of self-assurance that informed every second of his Wednesday show. Drew Lazor, Philly.com, "Sam Smith at the Wells Fargo Center: The Londoner rocks Philly on Independence Day," 5 July 2018 Besides bruising the president, a Lamb defeat also could shake Republican self-assurance that their new tax law can shield them from other political woes. Bill Barrow, Time, "Democrat Conor Lamb Declares Victory in Pennsylvania's Special Election," 14 Mar. 2018 Guidelines could ensure these workers basic labor protections like health insurance, assurances against employer exploitation, and greater care for the psychological harm that can be involved. Tarleton Gillespie, WIRED, "How Social Networks Set the Limits of What We Can Say Online," 26 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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The first known use of assurance was in the 14th century

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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 \

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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