re·​as·​sur·​ance | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈshu̇r-ən(t)s \

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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The emergence of additional Novichok victims, after four months of meticulous decontamination and public reassurances, presents British authorities with a daunting challenge. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "2 in U.K. Exposed to Novichok, Nerve Agent That Sickened Ex-Spy," 4 July 2018 Allies may find Mattis’ words soothing, said Penn’s Orenstein, but his reassurances are undercut by Trump’s belligerent tweets and frequent policy swings. Jonathan Tamari,, "Defense Secretary Jim Mattis strives to be a reassuring voice to allies in a chaotic time," 10 June 2018 But her attempt at reassurance had the opposite effect. Teri Figueroa,, "Las Vegas man admits to sudden killing of San Marcos woman, 23," 27 Apr. 2018 The news will be of little reassurance to users of Facebook caught between the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Russian-state actors who exploited the platform to influence the 2016 US election. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Facebook hackers wanted to sell garbage ads not influence votes, claims report," 18 Oct. 2018 In the meantime, go look at Pieter Hanson’s adorable cats and be thankful for the brief reassurance that there’s still some good left in the world, and on Twitter. Aja Romano, Vox, "How a mom’s “This is My Son” anti-feminist brag went viral — and completely backfired," 9 Oct. 2018 This should offer some reassurance that the next crisis will be better handled. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Why Central Bankers Are Moving Beyond Inflation Targets," 21 Dec. 2018 Speaking to a European audience as NATO leaders met in their emergency session across the street, the two U.S. senators struggled to give reassurance of America's unwavering commitment. Eli Stokols,, "Trump throws NATO summit into crisis mode with demands, before switching and claiming victory," 12 July 2018 Unscrupulous politicians will be tempted to fudge figures to win votes, or to give lenders false reassurance. The Economist, "The hounding of Greece’s former statistics chief is disturbing," 14 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of reassurance

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

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to deny responsibility for

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