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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What Fruitport High School shows is that Americans are scared about school shootings and are desperate for reassurance. Blair Kamin,, "Column: A small town in the heartland redesigned its school to prevent shootings. But architecture can’t ensure kids’ safety.," 6 Sep. 2019 On Friday, the government offered reassurances that even if class members are arrested, they won’t be deported without being notified of their rights under the settlement agreement and given a chance to decide how to proceed. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Families part of separation litigation feared to be targets of coming ICE sweeps," 12 July 2019 Because Biber was so respected in town, his reassurance was enough for most people. Martin J. Smith, Los Angeles Times, "How Stanley Biber, a pioneer in gender confirmation surgery, won over the Sisters of Charity," 12 Sep. 2019 But the reassurances that Hong Kong can handle its own problems are not that reassuring, given that some local police have been accused of brutality with protestors and that China is expressing its discontent as well. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Hong Kong police say there’s no plan or protocol for a Beijing intervention," 17 Aug. 2019 But jittery investors latched onto his warning, not his reassurance. The Economist, "As its trade tussle with America heats up, China is on the back foot," 5 July 2018 This pledge is meant as reassurance that Chinese firms will receive no special favours. The Economist, "Why China’s assault on Cathay Pacific should scare all foreign firms," 22 Aug. 2019 Hours earlier, the yuan edged higher against the dollar after China’s central bank set the daily yuan rate stronger than analysts expected, providing some reassurance to traders rattled by a tumultuous week in markets. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Trump wants a weaker dollar, but he keeps strengthening it with his trade war," 8 Aug. 2019 Overall, these new regulations bring a measure of reassurance and protection to travelers flying through Canadian airspace, including American travelers flying to or connecting through Canada. Carl Unger, USA TODAY, "Canadian air passenger bill of rights: What you need to know about rule changes," 29 July 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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