self-as·​sured ˌself-ə-ˈshu̇rd How to pronounce self-assured (audio)
: sure of oneself : self-confident
ˌself-ə-ˈshu̇r-əd-lē How to pronounce self-assured (audio)
ˌself-ə-ˈshu̇r-əd-nəs How to pronounce self-assured (audio)

Examples of self-assured in a Sentence

he's a self-assured yachtsman who's not at all intimidated by the competition
Recent Examples on the Web Marina’s inheritance from her grandmother—the know-how, the fortune—had made her ferociously self-assured. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, 14 Feb. 2024 Bronzed, athletic and self-assured, Mr. Sasson is chief executive of Strategic Financial Solutions, a large employer in Buffalo often hailed by politicians and business publications as a fast-growing exemplar of corporate citizenship. Emma Goldberg, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2024 Friendly encouragement should strengthen you to feel more confident and self-assured again, after what may have been a difficult interaction with someone who has power over you. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 Another is Lotta the fox — a quiet and self-assured autistic artist and musician who can experience hypersensitivity to loud sounds, powerful smells and certain food textures. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Nov. 2023 From square-toe pumps and boots to loafer-style shoes with intentionally crooked heels, the curation had all the hallmarks of memorable, practical, and self-assured footwear. Shelcy Joseph, Essence, 1 Nov. 2023 The song is characteristically confident and self-assured, but not from a place of arrogance. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 5 Oct. 2023 This is Beyoncé at her most self-assured, the tour a transformative moment. Amel Mukhtar, Vogue, 2 Oct. 2023 Amid #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, luxury fashion photography has become more self-assured, more about product and less about play, and designers seem to work with the goal of thwarting controversy. Rachel Tashjian, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-assured was in 1668

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“Self-assured.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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: sure of oneself : having self-confidence

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