re·​as·​sur·​ance | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈshu̇r-ən(t)s How to pronounce reassurance (audio) \

Definition of reassurance

1 : the action of reassuring : the state of being reassured

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Examples of reassurance in a Sentence

Experts offered their reassurances that the accident wouldn't happen again. He received reassurance from his family. Children need a lot of reassurance.
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Recent Examples on the Web But these complaints to the DEP over the years led nowhere, as residents said employees routinely dismissed their problems based on little more than reassurance from gas companies that nothing was amiss. Christen Smith, Washington Examiner, "Pennsylvania gas industry and environmentalists clash over grand jury report on drilling oversight," 6 July 2020 To adapt Karl Marx, this is history repeating itself, the first time as calming reassurance, the second as disgrace under pressure. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "The Unpresident and the Unredeemed Promise," 12 June 2020 Analysts are warning that, despite recent market rallies, there is little reassurance infections won’t keep spreading, given the growing numbers in some parts of the U.S., Brazil and Asia. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Dow drops 800 points as IMF cuts outlook for the global economy on virus woes," 24 June 2020 Jam is also a form of reassurance—those dusty jars kept at the back of a cupboard, just in case, are a silent comfort. The Economist, "Home Entertainment Jam embodies resilience—and dogged optimism," 13 June 2020 Key election constituencies, such as suburban women, needed reassurance that the president was in charge and had a plan to impose security. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Inside Trump's church visit to reassure a fearful public," 2 June 2020 End-to-end encryption to protect privacy may provide some reassurance. The Economist, "Schumpeter Can Zoom be trusted with users’ secrets?," 20 June 2020 Many citizens feel abandoned today because parental reassurance is completely lacking from our nation’s current leadership. Jeremi Suri, Washington Post, "The president as parent — consoler, protector and, sometimes, failure," 19 June 2020 Pakistan got some reassurance in 1960, when the World Bank persuaded both countries to sign the Indus Waters Treaty. Brendan Hoffman, National Geographic, "A water crisis looms for 270 million people as South Asia’s glaciers shrink," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of reassurance

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reassurance was circa 1611

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29 Jul 2020

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“Reassurance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reassurance

: something that is said or done to make someone feel less afraid, upset, or doubtful


re·​as·​sur·​ance | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈshu̇r-əns How to pronounce reassurance (audio) \

Kids Definition of reassurance

: something that is said or done to make someone feel less afraid, upset, or doubtful

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