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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But after the company provided reassurances, the price climbed back over $22 as the market closed at 1 p.m. for the July Fourth holiday. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Jim Beam bourbon warehouse crumbles as runoff from fire spills into Kentucky River," 3 July 2019 If a student or child needed guidance, or a simple nod of reassurance and encouragement, Wuenchel said Reed could make all the difference in the world. Yvette Orozco And Tyler Johnson, Houston Chronicle, "Bay area pays tribute to late Kemah police chief," 18 June 2019 Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance. Christopher Harress |,, "Body found hanged from tree near Fairhope in possible suicide," 10 June 2019 When a team trades down in the draft—an acceptance, of itself, of greater risk—some reassurance is typically in order. Rob Mahoney,, "Trade Grades: Suns Send Jarrett Culver to Wolves in Head-Scratching Deal," 20 June 2019 The message from Pyongyang offers the first reassurance that Kim is committed to meeting Trump. Washington Post,, "White House says North Korea is willing to talk denuclearization," 8 Apr. 2018 In a May interview that appears on the consulate’s webpage, the American envoy took a dig at the government’s reassurances that Hong Kongers had nothing to worry about. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "China’s Million New Dissidents," 10 June 2019 The man worried — despite reassurance from Green — that vigorous exercise might undo the good accomplished in the operating room. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "What Was Causing a Healthy Older Man to Be Nauseated by Food?," 13 June 2018 And if parental arguments recur or drag on for more than a week, offering reassurance can be helpful for children. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Right Ways to Argue in Front of Your Children," 22 Apr. 2019

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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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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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to complain fretfully

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