assurance

noun

as·​sur·​ance ə-ˈshu̇r-ən(t)s How to pronounce assurance (audio)
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
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
Choose the Right Synonym for assurance

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The instructors mixed demonstrations on how to administer Narcan — one spray into one nostril, the second into the other — with assurances that the drug was harmless if used on someone suffering a condition other than overdose. C.j. Chivers James Patrick Cronin Elena Hecht Anna Diamond Quinton Kamara, New York Times, 6 June 2024 As with any drug development efforts by any company, there can be no assurance at this time that any of the Company's pharmaceutical candidates would show sufficient effectiveness and safety for human clinical development. Miami Herald, 4 June 2024 Those assurances have not satisfied firefighter and nearby resident Tim Troncone, who formed a Facebook group to oppose the county buying Green Oak Ranch. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 May 2024 To get state funding for unapproved schools under the 2022 law, districts in Illinois must make some basic assurances to the Illinois State Board of Education. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for assurance 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'assurance.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

see assure

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of assurance was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near assurance

Cite this Entry

“Assurance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assurance. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

assurance

noun
as·​sur·​ance ə-ˈshu̇r-ən(t)s How to pronounce assurance (audio)
1
: the act of assuring
2
: the state of being sure or certain
3
chiefly British : insurance sense 1
4

Legal Definition

assurance

noun
as·​sur·​ance
1
a
: the act of assuring
2
: the act of conveying real property
also : the document by which it is conveyed
3
chiefly British : insurance

More from Merriam-Webster on assurance

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!