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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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.
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When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled recently to Pyongyang to turn the gauzy assurances of a beautiful, denuclearized future into some specific steps, North Korea blew him off. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Still Pretending Fake North Korea Nuclear Deal Is Real," 12 July 2018 And this restart will be marked by sporadic gains with absolutely no assurance of similar rewards ahead this time around. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "After near-death fall, Ned Yost's gusto is what the Royals need in time of flux | The Kansas City Star," 22 Mar. 2018 Would trade hospitality rooms for assurance of Third World-standard Wifi connectivity. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "What would you change if you were IHSAA commissioner for a day?," 30 June 2018 Illinois asked for assurances that water leaving Foxconn would be adequately treated by Racine's wastewater system before it is returned to Lake Michigan. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin seeks to allay other states' concerns over diversion of water from Lake Michigan for Foxconn," 1 June 2018 The current programs tend to require rigorous vetting, homebuyer education and a high level of assurance that buyers can repay their mortgages. Hudson Sangree, sacbee, "Here's how you can buy a house in the Sacramento area with zero or 1 percent down | The Sacramento Bee," 19 Mar. 2018 Contreras-Sweet was stunned by Schneiderman's public call for assurance that any sale ensure that victims are compensated, according to one person briefed on the matter, in part because that was already part of her proposal. Author: Brooks Barnes, William Neuman, Anchorage Daily News, "Enabling Weinstein’s sex life was ‘condition of employment,’ New York state says in lawsuit," 12 Feb. 2018 This self-assurance sets up the rest of the new, must-watch Hulu show. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Aidy Bryant's "Shrill" Is the Groundbreaking Show Letting a Fat Person Be the Hero," 15 Mar. 2019 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

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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 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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